Anfield boss lines up move for Eastlands wideman.
Liverpool have emerged as contenders to sign England midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The 28-year-old winger is set to find himself on the periphery at Eastlands following an influx of players at the club this summer, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is contemplating a £7 million move for the international.
A product of the Nottingham Forest academy, Wright-Phillips signed for Manchester City before making a senior appearance at the City Ground.
After seven years for the Citizens, Chelsea would pay £21 million to take Wright-Phillips to Stamford Bridge in 2005. His spell in London was relatively unsuccesful, and the wide man would miss out on England’s 2006 World Cup squad during his time with the Blues.
Luiz Felipe Scolari allowed Wright-Phillips to leave the club in 2008, with City taking advantage and signing their former player for £8.5 million.
Italian boss Roberto Mancini has a plethora of talent to choose from at the City of Manchester stadium, particularly in the wide areas after adding David Silva to the ranks in the current window. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
Whilst its true that Shaun Wright-Phillips is not the same player he was some years back he is, like Joe Cole, a player looking to prove a point and trying to force his way back into the England starting eleven. He still has pace to burn and would give us a natural wide outlet instead of trying to put square pegs into round holes as Rafa attempted, with some success to be fair, with Dirk Kuyt.
The 28 year old still has a lot to offer and Manchester City are urgently trying to trim their squad before the end of the month and the winger has been told he has little if no future at Eastlands. Roy Hodgson doesn’t have a kings ransom to play with and talk of a takeover is yet to be solidified with an actual buy out, so the Anfield boss still has to work within a very tight budget.
In this day and age £7m for a player of Wright-Phillips experience and undoubted talent is a bargain to say the least. The constant topic surrounding the club in terms of what we need seems to revolve around needing another striker, which we do, but perhaps more importantly is a creative force to help feed the ammunition to El Nino and co.