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.
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?