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Special K: Everton boss Moyes eyes Kieran Richardson as Baines replacement
The versatile Sunderland star, who can play left back, midfield or supporting the attack, would be available for £4million as Martin O’Neill begins a rebuilding job
Richardson for Goodison? David Moyes is eyeing Kieran as a replacement for Leighton Baines
Kieran Richardson has emerged as a target for Everton – if they lose £12million Manchester United target Leighton Baines.
The versatile Sunderland star, who can play left back, midfield or supporting the attack, would be available for £4million as Martin O’Neill begins a rebuilding job.
The former England winger was been linked with Arsenal earlier in the year and could fancy a fresh challenge away from the Stadium of Light.
He has been a consistent performer at Sunderland, but O’Neill needs to raise money to fund a big overhaul and he is a prime asset.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
If Everton are forced into considering offers for Leighton Baines, either because the club’s financial predicament forces them to do so or because the England man demands a move, would the pursuit of the Sunderland man remedy the loss of the Toffees most consistent performer? Well probably not.
Given that Man United would reportedly look to sign the 27 year old left back for a fee in the region of £12m and Kieran Richardson would seemingly cost a third of that fee, one would imagine that the only people who would understand and accept such a switch would be those who run Everton’s finances.
That isn’t to say that Richardson isn’t a talented player, he is however perhaps a more effective customer further up the flank than in the Everton defence.