Emirates and White Hart Lane managers do battle for Eastlands defender.
Tottenham will face stiff competition from North London rivals Arsenal for the signature of Manchester City defender Micah Richards, according to reports. Harry Redknapp has been considering making an offer for Richards who has seen himself fall down the pecking order at Eastland’s. However Arsene Wenger sees Richards as the perfect player to give the Gunner’s defence a more solid look following some poor performances during the latter stages of last season’s Premier League and, with a large transfer kitty at hand, Wenger could move for the U21 International for a cut-down price.
Media speculation has suggested that Roberto Mancini is willing to part company with the defender for a fee believed to be in the region of £9 million. With the news today revealing that Man City are set to sign Jerome Boateng from Hamburg for a fee of £10.5 million, it is looking increasingly likely that Richards will be allowed to jump ship and rumours flying round have linked Spurs with a bid, especially now that they will be involved in qualifying for a spot in next year’s Champions League.
It will be a fierce battle for the youngster as Redknapp is looking for cover for the injury prone Ledley King, but also for Jonathan Woodgate who has not featured for some time. Any potential money raised from the sale of David Bentley or Alan Hutton may go straight back onto strenghtening Tottenham’s right-hand side and with Richards also able to play anywhere across the back four, the 21-year old is looking like a super prospect for the future. (Footylatest.com)
Arsene Wenger is being linked with every English talent in town and its no surprise that the Gunners have been thrown into the hat for the England international who’s career is threatening to stutter at the Eastlands. The 21 year old adaptable defender burst onto the scene a couple of years back and was an international regular but since Roberto Mancini’s arrival at the club it has become clear that Micah Richards may well be deemed ‘surplus to requirements’.
The soon to be confirmed signing of German international Jerome Boateng will further starve the youngster of Manchester City first team opportunities and make any move away from the City of Manchester all that bit more likely, but where could he realistically end up?
Yes Arsenal need young additions at the back but would Wenger splash out and buy the £9m rated lad? Quite possibly. Tottenham are of course hot off the back of a top four finish and have injury problems to contend with and the addition of a player who is comfortable at right back and in the centre will greatly interest Harry Redknapp as he looks to bring in yet more strength in depth to his White Hart Lane side.
Aston Villa are also said to be interested.