Alan Pardew may be a little miffed that Chelsea decided to spill the beans about their interest in Abramovich era poster-child Shaun Wright-Philips, but new owner “Eggsy” Magnusson is taking Peter Kenyon’s blabbing as a not so subtle “Come and get him” plea to the newly minted Premiership club.
But Kenyon’s public admission of Wright-Phillips availability is going to attract a lot more clubs as the wee man was only recently the hottest property in English football, and a pre-Aaron Lennon (or Steven Gerrard) heir to David Beckham’s right wing spot on in the national side.
But with a fee likely around the 10 million mark there are only a couple of Premiership clubs realistically in the running for the 25 year old.
West Ham, obviously, but it will be a bit of a surprise if Harry Redknapp doesn’t try to bring the lad into the Portsmouth revolution. Aston Villa have yet to spend any of Lerner’s American dollars and a pacy winger would certainly inject some attacking verve into Martin O’Neill’s well-organised, but rather unexciting squad.
Tottenham and Newcastle always have the money, the former already have Aaron Lennon but, despite having over 735 midfielders in their squad, he’s the only true wide player. Newcastle may be tired of spending money on disappointing, expensive big names, but the best cure for disappointing, expensive big names is another one. There are also certainly going to be those at Liverpool and possibly even Arsenal who still believe a player like SWP provides something they lack.
Would you want your club to nick in for Shaun Wright-Phillips at 10 million?
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