Report: Moyes snubs deal for Micah Richards, wants five new signings, including a striker

New Sunderland manager David Moyes with fans before the match

Sunderland boss David Moyes has reportedly snubbed a deal for Aston Villa defender Micah Richards.

New Sunderland manager David Moyes with fans before the matchNew Sunderland manager David Moyes with fans

According to The Northern Echo, Sunderland boss David Moyes has rejected the chance to sign Micah Richards - but wants a new striker, attacking midfielder, winger and two defenders.

Moyes made his return to Premier League management on Friday, as he was appointed as Sunderland's new manager following Sam Allardyce's decision to take the England job.

Sunderland manager David Moyes before the match

With no players signed so far this summer, Sunderland need to get moving in the transfer market - and with just over a month until the deadline, Moyes will be eyeing up some new faces.

However, one player who seemingly won't be joining the Black Cats is Aston Villa defender Micah Richards. The 28-year-old has a £5m release clause i his contract according to a recent report from The Telegraph, and The Northern Echo report that a deal had been set up under former boss Allardyce to take him to the Stadium of Light.

Aston Villa's Micah Richards has a shot at goalAston Villa's Micah Richards has a shot at goal

It's claimed that Moyes has snubbed the chance to sign the former England international though, and will turn his attentions elsewhere in the transfer market.

The report adds that Moyes wants at least five new signings, with a new striker believed to be near the top of his wish list. Moyes will have a proven goalscorer at his disposal in Jermain Defoe, but has very little depth behind him, and another goal threat would be welcomed on Wearside.

General view - Stadium of Light Sunderland

Moyes is believed to want another attacking midfielder too, despite Wahbi Khazri's impressive displays since signing from Bordeaux in January, whilst a winger is also wanted given that Jeremain Lens has struggled to live up to his billing having arrived from Dynamo Kiev last summer.

And despite a deal for Richards being off the table, Moyes is believed to want at least two new defenders, with a right back surely high on his list of priorities after loanee DeAndre Yedlin returned to Tottenham.

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