Irons cool on City defender


Micah-Richards-Manchester-CityWest Ham are unlikely to make a move for on loan Manchester City defender Micah Richards at the end of the season.

Reports that we retain an interest in the player – currently on loan at Fiorentia – have started doing the rounds based on our need for defensive reinforcements.

The Serie A team have first option on the player but – as reported – will have to pay £3.5m to cover the wages City have paid during the course of this season plus a loan facilitation fee.

That’s unlikely  as Richards is looking for a return to the Premier League and will be a free transfer in the summer although ClaretandHugh understands that he is now off the irons radar.

The former England international has disappointed in Italy making just four Seria A and five Europa League appearances.

A Hammers source told ClaretandHugh: “He’s a £70k a week player minimum, doesn’t have the best injury record and has made less than 20 first team appearances last season and the season before.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • bubs says:

    He had his chance and did not want to come to us,another player only interested in money,we can do better than him or should I say we have better hand if we have to meet his wage demand we should have given Reid the money 6 months ago and he would have signed.

  • joe7211 says:

    he turned us down once no thank you not even on a free not all that anyway

  • philtheiron says:

    Couldn’t agree more bubs, joe.
    Richards has had his chance and he clearly stated he didn’t want to join us. And anyway why would we want an injury prone, average fullback at most who went abroad just for the money? When we have better at the club already!
    It seems like we have dodged two very high paid man C bullets here as neither Richards or lescott(remember him?) have set the world on fire since leaving citeh and snubbing the Irons!

    At the end of the day you are either West Ham or you are not! COYI!

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