The England international who Hammers should be plotting to sign this summer

West Ham United should make a move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards in the summer.

West Ham United could complete the perfect summer transfer if they can capture Micah Richards from Manchester City.

Richards has been out of the limelight this campaign, with the defender moving to Fiorentina on loan, but his talents are well known to English football fans and he looks able to cover two potential problem positions at the Boleyn Ground next season.

Richards has already shown that he can be effective at right-back or at centre-back, and that could be crucial to the Hammers next season, with their options likely to be weakened in both these areas.

With Arsenal setting a high asking price for Carl Jenkinson, according to the Daily Mail, and Winston Reid set to leave if reports in the Telegraph are to be believed, Richards could provide cover in both positions.

The 26-year-old looks to have a limited future at Manchester City and he should be made a priority target by the Hammers.

Blessed with pace and power, he has all the attributes required to fit in with West Ham's current system and he could make the ideal addition for the club. 

Reid has set high standards for his successor to follow, but Richards looks better placed than most to be able to match these and, considering he is available for transfer according to the London Evening Standard, the Hammers should be making plans to secure his signature already. 

Although Richards may not have the quality required to represent a title chasing team, he still has masses of ability and he would be the sort of signing required to push West Ham on to the level that co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have been talking about. 

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