Manchester United Consider Shock Move for £12m Rated Manchester City Youngster: Ferguson Considers Richards Bid

Old Trafford boss expresses interest in Eastlands star.

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Jan. 11, 2010 - London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Football - Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers Barclays Premier League - The City of Manchester Stadium - 11/1/10..Manchester City's Micah Richards celebrates after scoring his sides second goal.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is rumoured to be lining up a shock bid for Manchester City defender Micah Richards this summer. The England international has found his first team chances limited since Roberto Mancini arrived at Eastlands and has been linked with a move away from the club and could now be the subject of a potential bid from the Old Trafford club.

Ferguson is looking to boost his defensive options in light of continuing injury concerns over Rio Ferdinand the very real possibility that Nemanja Vidic may leave the club in the summer. A number of potential targets have emerged in recent weeks from the likes of Neven Subotic to Brede Hangeland but the fact that Richards can play at full back and in the centre of defence is said to interest the wily Scot.

The £12m rated 21 year old has been linked with a move to both Tottenham and Aston Villa in recent weeks after starting just half of Man City’s Premier League matches last term. Micah Richards has struggled to live up to early expectations that came as a result of an astounding breakthrough 18 months when his form made him an England regular.

The arrival of Joelon Lescott and Kolo Toure last summer greatly affected Richards chances of playing in his preferred position of centre back and it seems fairly likely that the Birmingham born youngster could be set for a move and would surely jump at the chance of a move to near neighbours United if the chance presented itself.

Previous interest shown by Ferguson in Richards.Manchester United could make a shock move for Micah Richards. Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to swoop for the unsettled Manchester City defender. (Independent)

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