Rumours are circulating Twitter (as they always seem to do these days), that Newcastle have agreed a £4.2m deal to sign Manchester City and England centre-back, Micah Richards.
The news, which was first reported by a football writer under the Twitter alias of ‘@.
— Eye Of The Kippax (@FNN_Official) August 14, 2014
As far as I can see, the source is reasonably clued up – he writes for a number of credible football blogs, one of them being the well-regarded MCFC Forum.
Since then, several other self-prolaimed “ITK” accounts have carried the story. Micah Richards has had a tough past few season at the Premier League Champions.
The main attribute for Richards, who has been at City since 2005 and made just 179 appearances, is clearly his physique and strength to shrug off attackers but also his versatility.
Newcastle currently boast Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini as the starting centre-backs. Both players have been fantastic servants to the club, and its unknown whether a (potentially) incoming Richards would replace one of these lads.
Nonetheless, when looking at the depth of our squad, the centre of defence is one of the weakest areas in terms of depth, at least.
Hopefully the powerhouse with 13 England caps sees his future on Tyneside rather than on the bench like many other young English talent being squandered at Manchester City.