I’m sure Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Micah Richards from the days when he was in a pushchair.

For what now seems to be  the 100th time, United are credited with an interest in taking the defender on this summer.

The only difference I suppose with this latest transfer rumour is that this summer it looks as though Micah Richards will definitely be going somewhere.

The player who looked as though he had the world at his feet as a powerhouse teenager, is out of contract at the end of the month, with a host of Premier League clubs already named as wanting to take him on.

Richards looked as though he would be one of those who could set a record number of England caps and have a glorious club career but thanks to injuries and loss of form has ended up largely in no-man’s land in recent years.

Making his England debut at the age of only 18, the Man City defender became a regular, but since 2007 he has only played twice for the senoior national side, the last of those over three years ago.

The last three seasons have seen Micah Richards make only 16 league starts, which include only 7 this past season at Fiorentina, where a combination of indifferent form and a 3-5-2 formation meaning opportunities were limited.

The Daily Star has broken this latest ‘exclusive’ and suggests Micah Richards could be Steve McClaren’s first signing as Newcastle manager/head coach.

If Newcastle were to sign him then it would tell you two things; Mike Ashley would have had to totally revise the wages he is prepared to pay, plus for the first time in a long time Newcastle would have convinced a Premier League ‘name’ player to come to Tyneside rtaher than a number of our rivals.

Turning 27 later this month, Micah Richards certainly has plenty of years ahead of him (injury permitting) and has indicated in recent interviews he is looking to play in Newcastle’s problem position of centre-back, but would Mike Ashley pay the price on the ticket?

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