Newcastle have reportedly been interested in signing 26 year-old Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards from Manchester City – and with his contract at City running out at the end of June, and at that time he will become a free agent.
Micah Richards in training at Fiorentina
There is news today that West Brom are the latest Premier League club interested in signing the defender who can play at either center-back or right back and Newcastle need to bring in some center-backs this summer – since that’s been a weakness of ours this season.
The Star is reporting West Brom have joined Aston Villa, Newcastle United and West Ham in the chase for the Birmingham-born defender, who was on loan at Fiorentina in Serie A last season.
Micah’s career has stalled over the last few years and he couldn’t get many games at Manchester City, a club he joined as a 14 year-old in 2002 and has played 245 times with 9 goals for the City first team.
Richards played for all the English Youth sides and made his debut for the full England side when he 18 back in 2006 and he’s made 13 appearances for England.
Micah played 19 times at the Italian club last season, and it’s not clear whether Newcastle have been watching him in Italy.
Given Newcastle’s weakness in the back four and with players like Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson possibly leaving the club this summer, Micah could offer a wealth of experience Newcastle.
And with him able to play at center-back or right back, he could be a savvy signing for the Tyneside club this summer.
That’s even more so because he’s a free agent this summer.
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