Newcastle Could Miss Out On This Player Next Week

The Sun is reporting today that it will be Aston Villa who will sign 26 year-old free agent Micah Richards from Manchester City and not Newcastle, who are also reported to be interested in the former England International defender.

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Micah Richards – while on loan at Fiorentina last season

The Sun is reporting that when Micah returns from vacation next week he will take his medical at Villa,  and if all is OK then he’ll sign along the dotted line for Aston Villa, and it will be a first success in the summer transfer window for new manager Tim Sherwood.

Newcastle need to bring in at least one new center-back this summer, with some of our central defenders leaving the club – and news yesterday that 31 year-old Mike Williamson was getting close to joining Leeds United.

Sunderland are the other club said to be keen to sign the 13 times capped Manchester City defender and apparently have offered him £90K/week in wages to sign for the Black Cats, but Micah turned that down and will sign for Villa.

Newcastle do have some other central defender targets and we hope the Magpies  will be going after Celtic’s 23 year-old Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk.

Newcastle were reported to be close to signing the 6’4″ Dutch U21 International at the end of last summer’s transfer window – but didn’t.

Virgil was supposed to be a replacement for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who we had loaned out to Roma for the season.

That meant we had only three experienced center-backs last season, and when that was reduced to two on January 1st, when Steven Taylor ruptured his Achilles.

Why didn’t we get a center-back in during the January transfer window to strengthen the squad, and we wondered why we struggled in defense this year?

That was just one of the big mistakes Lee Charnley made in January.

Micah Richrads would have been a decent signing for Newcastle, but we do have other targets, and as long as we bring in at least one good central defender this summer, we’ll be happy enough.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

195 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Remy always wanted to follow the money trail to London

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    I used to watch Bob in his heyday. He was an excellent captain. Unfortunately, it’s not that Moncur who disappoints us today. By taking the Ashley shilling he has become as complicit as the rest of the buffoons running our club.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Isn’t Bob like 70? What’s he bringing to the board anyway…coffee and cake 😉

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    As soon as Villa came in, Richards was always off there. Apparently he’s very good mates with Delph & Agbonlahor & has supported Villa all his life. Shame though, he would have been a good signing for anyone of the 3 mentioned.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Missing out on Richards is a bullet dodged, too injury prone so we can’t have him and Taylor as 4 senior centre backs. Positionally he is poor especially when he plays at cb and often gets exposed. Van dijk is another I think is vastly overrated especially at the price they are looking for.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes. He’s the same age as Carr.

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Rolando @ 5

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Rolando @ 5

    Who would you be targeting as CB’s? I wouldn’t mind Shawcross

  • mickalfas

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #9

    How can we only need 1 CB ,the whole defence needs strenghtening as well as the strike force
    The squad needs a complete overhaul imo,this is not going to be a quick fix ,it’ll have to be over a few transfer windows or years
    If you think fatty is going to spend £60m now ,you’re deluded ,max £30m net on 8 players minimum,you can imagine the quality thats on the way
    Austins a done deal my arse,season tickets not sold yet?

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Be interesting to ser where McClaren plays Dummett. Most agreed he makes a better CB than LB. Another player who needs the correct coaching.

  • John Tudor

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    possibly we will miss out on all our targets
    we are tarnished beyond belief

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    As I’ve mentioned before, we need a number of players just to get back to the ‘small’ squad that we had previously.

    Fans shouldn’t be jumping for joy even if we sign 5 players. We need more than that just to replace the bodies who have left.

    It is very misleading, yet could be portrayed as ambitious signing, say, 5 players. In reality it is not. Don’t be fooled.

  • mickalfas

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley needs to realise a 2 minute trolley dash around shite direct is no incentive for players on £50k a week
    Splash the cash fatty
    Ashley OUT NOW!!

  • aussiemag

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #14

    ED the heading should read WE WILL MISS OUT ON THIS PLAYER NEXT WEEK. I am hearing of us looking and talking to multiple targets this window, sounds like the same old broken record for mine.

    At the end of the window we will have one new striker,one new play maker and one new defender.

    I suppose that’s better than nothing though.

    McClaren has already stated that FAT CASHLEY is wanting top 8 or higher. He wanted top 10 last season and we where nearly relegated. So on those odds that should put us around 12th place this year.

    Sorry for the negative comments lads but even though i think he is a very good businessman whilst he is running the club that’s all we will be is a business not a force to be reckoned with which is what we all want NUFC to be

  • toonbrother

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15

    we dont need richards
    the biggest upgrade we can make to the team is sacking colo

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #16

    Chasing rabbits at 8
    I would prefer a player with prem experience but I don’t see anyone worth getting that would actually come to us. Shawcross would be good but I really don’t seen him coming to us, hate to say it but he would prefer to stay at Stoke I think.
    There are loads of worthwhile defenders out there for us and not too expensive either. We have been linked with matip of schalke and rudiger and they would be good additions. Stefan bell from Mainz would be a good shout, he’s a big defender good in the air. Might not be a ball playing cb though.
    I would look at chancel mbemba who has really good potential but we can’t be doing that ATM.
    There’s a lad in Italy, rugani. He will definitely be a quality Italian cb, he was good this year for empoli and he is someone we should be going for as juventus are stocked up with cb and might let him go.
    Again in Italy, Torino captain kamil glik is 27 but would be a leader which is something we desperately need.
    Joost van aken, terence kongolo and Sven van beek are good shouts but not sure we could get the feyemoord pair.
    We’ve been linked with aymen abdennour, I say we have no chance of getting him but he would be great.
    These aren’t just names like fm etc lol I have actually seen these lads play. I watch football a lot of foreign football.

  • cht2015

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17


    Richards. M. Dawson (4m) Collocini. Jan Maat

    Thauvin (6m). Colback. Sissoko. Ince (4m)

    Austin. (10m) Lambert (5m)

    S. Taylor

    What you think??????? Under £30m and all attainable!

  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #18

    The reality is , our first fixture in the States in Milwaukee is 14 July , the usual timetable is to let the players have June for their hols.The first preseason get together will be about 10th July so that is 4 weeks to get new players talked to and sorted . You can ignore anything in the press for the next 3 weeks as total guff.

  • mickalfas

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Riviere,gouff,obertan,willo,collo ,ameobi,tiote,dummett,saylor, are they really good enough ?
    Sissoko wants out,let him go £15m min
    Cisse ,sell to Qatar £10m ,goog price for his age
    That’s 11 plus Jonas and raylor plus the released players
    Might be worth £35m in total plus the transfer kitty ,total spend of £60m for possible 12 players

  • aussiemag

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20




  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #21

    I like dummett too and haidara but they’re showing signs that they get injured frequently. I hope it’s just down to bad coaching and management though.

  • Slank

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Chasing_rabbits @ 10

    I too think Dummitt is a better central defender than left back.

    I’ve often thought that Dummitt and Janmaat would make an excellent central pairing. Both are robust and quick and can carry the ball forward.

    The real benefit of having Dummitt in central defence is that he is left footed. It’s a natural balance.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #23

    I remember in jan we were linked with jorge mere and david concha. Anyone know what’s happening with them? I like the look of both lads, concha looks a good tricky winger and mere looks like a good defender, similar style to terry IMO.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #24

    What’s required to sort this mess out completely just won’t happen. That would be a huge exodus and a vast haul of signings. I recall a journo saying the exodus won’t be a big as expected so therefore I dont expect huge incoming numbers perhaps six with two or three youths. For us to go into this season without the gaps of last season we need

    a backup keeper elliot is rubbish and darlow is not it but probably will end up being it
    Two quality centre backs all of ours are flawed
    a better left back than we have on the books
    cover at right back but that won’t happen
    a playmaker to replace cabaye
    a replacement for tiote as he’s a liability at times
    a quality winger
    two quality strikers

    what I think they will do is sell sissoko and one of krul and/or cisse along with some of the squad players to fund signing

    a centre back
    a defensive midfielder
    a winger
    2 strikers

  • Jib

    Jun 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    ronaldo aarons
    Concha was reported as being at SJP earlier this month

  • ToonTiger

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Anybody think Dawson @ Hull worth a raid for. Always been solid and good in the air.


    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Why can’t Darlow be back up keeper? I see a lot of people say it but not entirely sure why

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #30

    will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    With due respect French players are not loyal. Never patient keep looking for better deals for their own benefit.

    Henry Viera Cabaye Sisoko the list goes on and and on. Look at Gerard Shearer Terry that loyalty.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Quite possibly the stupidest comment ever made. Did Shearer not win the the title at Blackburn and previously play for Soton? He had it in his contract he had to be the highest paid player at NUFC.

    As for Henry Viera Desailly etc they won everything and stayed a long time until they got to the veteran stage.

  • davetoon

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #31

    We should be bidding on Vlaar. Cmon Charnley loosen that damn cheque book

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32


    Dawson a few years back yes, definitely not now though

  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #33

    Thaurvin available on the cheap but is this another Cabella syndrome.
    Both could be massive players as they have the potential, But like Cabella..Thaurvin has had a poor season.


    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #34

    No Dawson too old and just not good enough imo

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #35

    It looks like old McLaren got suckered by Ash’s intervew and maybe the reality of that ” line ” is just about to hit home.

  • chasing_rabbits

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Rolando @ 16

    You’ve certainly done your homework. You haven’t got Carr or McClaren’s number by any chance. You can guarantee they won’t have drawn up a list like that.

    Slank @ 21

    To be honest I think I’d rather see Janmaat at RB. He was a good attacking threat last season. With the right men in the box there could be goals there. That’s if he doesn’t leave. Dummett should stay CB, but not a first choice. We need minimum 2 CB’s if Colo is going, but will probs only get 1 with Lascelles coming in.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #37

    Be interesting to see ‘full on week’, say in a weeks time if we have signed anyone. being sceptical cannot see it – but fingers crossed.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #39


    I would actually say yes to dawson. Hes 31. More to offer skill wise and fitness wise than Staylor. Would be more comitted than colo. There are a couple of england players who are.worse than him imo. (Jagielka, Jones). We would need another, but we could do worse.

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 13, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #40

    davetoon Vlaar is a free and I can’t see why we haven’t offered him a contract he’d do a cracking job.
    I agree, I’ve everything crossed

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