Newcastle want two Manchester City stars, one to replace possible outgoing defender

Micah Richards

Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell.

The Magpies have enjoyed a productive start to the transfer window, already having signed Jack Colback, Ayoze Perez and Siem de Jong.

However, plenty of work still remains for Alan Pardew's side as the club look to bolster their squad after a disappointing finish to last season.

Meanwhile, the future of Mathieu Debuchy increasingly looks as though it will lie away from St James' Park, as a number of clubs, chiefly led by Arsenal, look to sign the Frenchman.

As such, Newcastle have turned to Manchester City defender Micah Richards as a potential replacement for the 28-year-old, according to The Magpies are reportedly ready to match the versatile defender's £70,000-a-week wages.

Richards is not the only City man the club are said to have targeted, however, with the same report stating that Newcastle are about to launch a bid for Rodwell, who is reportedly wanted by a number of Premier League clubs.

 2012/13 TeamPosCrossing Accuracy %Won Contest / appsWon Tackle / appsInterception Won / appsAppsMins
Micah Richards Manchester City DF 66.67 0.71 1.43 1.43 7 618
 2013/14 TeamPos(Crossing Accuracy %Won Contest / appsWon Tackle / appsInterception Won / appsAppsMins
Mathieu Debuchy Newcastle DF 15.63 0.55 2.45 2.38 29 2,494

As Opta stats show, Richards' handful of appearances for Manchester City during the 2012/13 season showed a promising return for the defender, who can play both out wide and at centre-back.

The 26-year-old's crossing accuracy was much higher than Debuchy's in 2013/14 - although during significantly less games - while he also averaged more won dribbles.

Defensively, however, Debuchy averaged more won tackles and interceptions last season than Richards did the campaign before, although that statistical inferiority may be offset by the fact that the Man City man can double up in other positions.

Rodwell, meanwhile, promised so much as a young midfielder but has lost his way somewhat at the Etihad Stadium, as an intense competition for places left him out of the first-team picture.

Should the 23-year-old move to St James' Park, Pardew and co. will hope he can produce the form that earned him a big-money move from Everton to Manchester City.

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