The Guardian reckons that Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan is going to celebrate his return to management by splashing out on three players; Man City’s Micah Richards, Bayern Munich’s Daniel Van Buyten and one out of the following rabble of players: Chelsea’s Shaun Wright-Phillips and Wayne Bridge, Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe, Blackburn’s David Bentley, Manchester United’s Wes Brown and Dundee United’s Barry Robson. Keegan claims:
“I might not get any. To bring three players in – and I know which three I’d like – during the next two weeks would be fantastic.
“Last time [in his first stint as Newcastle’s manager] we fetched in players who some people didn’t think were right. We weren’t going to get the very best and we sometimes got ones with warts on that had had a problem somewhere. I’m not saying we want difficult or awkward players but that’s what we did last time.”
There is no doubt that the signing of Micah Richards would be the biggest coup; the Guardian reckons that the only glimmer of hope for Keegan will be that Man City are baulking at Richards’ £70,000 a week wage demands, so if Newcastle unleashed a whopper of a bid they may have a chance…