Newcastle are keen on signing Micah Richards on a free transfer from Manchester City.
The 26-year-old English international can play at both right-back and centre-back, and although Newcastle have been tracking him for a number of months, Steve McClaren retains a personal interest in him.
The former Derby boss is set to be appointed as head coach at St James Park in the coming days, and having already approached Richards concerning a transfer, McClaren is keen on pushing the deal through soon.
However, there is a potential stumbling block that could prevent any move for Richards, with the report suggesting that the Magpies will have to ‘persuade the defender to accept a major reduction on his current wages’ before any move can go through.
There are no indications as to Richards’ current wage packet at the Etihad, but due to his recent experiences it is likely that he will take a large cut in the search for first-team football.
As long as Newcastle can guarantee the 26-year-old a consistent starting role in the defence, and good opportunities to impress the England international set-up again, he is sure to accept a wage cut that will please the Magpies’ management.
With McClaren’s appointment set to be confirmed in the coming days, it is likely he will meet with Richards to personally discuss terms, in the hopes of wrapping up a transfer before the start of pre-season.