Manchester City are set to sell a number of fringe players this summer - including Micah Richards - according to reports.
Tottenham Hotspur are in dire need of a new defender to help shore up a defence that conceded over 50 goals last year and Richards must be seen as a viable option.
The English defender broke through at the age of 18 and has made a total of 244 appearances and scored nine goals for Manchester City. However, Richards has only made 18 appearances for City the past two years and is looking for an exit.
Tottenham Hotspur may have a long standing interest in Richards, with a bid of £5million rejected in July 2006 when the defender was a City regular.
Richards has 13 England caps, scoring one goal and has Champions League experience. He has won the league during his time at the club and was nominated for Manchester City's player of the year in the 2011/12 season.
Spurs need a new right back, with Kyle Naughton under performing last season and centre backs such as Younes Kaboul making many individual errors. Despite being a right back, Richards is also a solid centre back and can do a good job there.
Richards is strong, fast, and at 5'11 good in the air. He is also a leader in defence and was previously captain of Manchester City under Sven Goran Eriksson.
Spurs need a player like Richards in order to move forward. Richards leadership, versatility and winning mentality is needed in Spurs defence. Also, unlike all of Spurs signings last summer he will be able to settle in team with ease with an abundance of Premier League experience.
Richards should also come at a knockdown price with City needing to comply with FFP rules, this should not deter Spurs chairman Daniel Levy from chasing the player, making him a realistic target for the club.
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