The big news this morning hails from Manchester and more specifically Old Trafford, where Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lined up a potential January transfer market window swoop for out of favour Manchester City and England star Micah Richards.
However Sir Alex won’t find it easy to land the young defender for two reasons, first Mark Hughes is probably unlikely to want to sell, especially given the fact that his expensively assembled back line at the moment don’t look like they could stop a nose-bleed convincingly and secondly Harry Redknapp is reportedly also interested in the defender, probably to go alongside either Rio or Anton Ferdinand, who Harry is also expected to be ‘interested’ in. In that regard, Micah fits the bill for Spurs, in that he’s an English born defender whose form has been thoroughly disappointing this season when selected.
Whether or not Richards is actually available, or even wanted by either Manchester United or Tottenham, is open to conjecture. The rumours of United wanting a new defender have increased since the news that Rio Ferdinand’s back problem may be a chronic, long-term problem and that Nemanja Vidic was rumoured to be keen on a move away from Old Trafford due to his family failing to settle in the U.K. A story that the player has subsequently denied.
Ferdinand’s absence in the United team long term has so far been filled by the none-too-robust Wes Brown, who has set records this season for being fit for more than half an hour. The England defender was lauded by Ferguson at the weekend who claimed, with no hint of a smile, that Brown, when fit, is one of the best ‘natural defenders’ in the country. The key phrase in that being ‘when fit’ as ‘when fit’ Michael Owen is probably England’s best goalscoring striker, Ledley King would be an England shoe-in and Jonathan Woodgate would have earned the millions he has earned throughout his career through his performances, and not because he has weird, scary sunken eyes that resemble Herman Munster and force terrified managers into giving him bewilderingly high salaries and long term contracts.
There is also the question as to whether Richards would leave the wealthiest club in Manchester and “do a Carlos” in reverse, snubbing the bright lights of London town and the token interest from Rafa Benitez (just to show that although he has bravely led Liverpool to mid-table anonymity, he is still up there with the successful clubs) to join their rivals in the neighbouring city of Salford. I can see the big banner up now with Micah Richard’s latest mistimed tackle and “Welcome to Salford!” displayed across the banner in glorious red and white. Sir Alex, in his best Keith Barrett, stating it was “just a bit of fun”, while Mark Hughes fails to see the funny side of it.
It seems United have many possible defensive targets. Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Palermo’s Danish youngster Simon Kjaer have also been strongly linked with Old Trafford in the past week and there certainly seems to be a greater chance of Sir Alex procuring either one of these potential recruits, rather than Richards, if only because Cahill and Kjaer would not cost Sir Alex half as much as the man from Eastlands.
So Richards for Old Trafford? Is it a possibility? Let us know below!
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