Eastland’s new supremo is keen to inject some more quality into his Manchester City squad and he has outlined two good West Ham United players who may have to take a pay cut if they want to resurrect their careers!
Mark Hughes is ready to make an audacious bid to sign West Ham stars Lucas Neill and Craig Bellamy.
Manchester City boss Sparky had both under his wing at Blackburn.
Hughes sold them reluctantly — striker Bellamy left for Liverpool in a £6million switch while defender Neill joined the Hammers for £1.5m.
Alan Curbishley is under pressure to reduce the massive wage bill at Upton Park and new City chief Hughes could make a move for the duo.
Bellamy and Neill are believed to earn £75,000- a-week combined.
Neill’s salary forced Turkish club Galatasaray to think again about signing the Aussie star, 30.
Bellamy, 29 last Sunday, scored 17 goals in 32 games while playing for Hughes at Blackburn.
Hughes also managed Bellamy during his time as Wales chief.
City owner Thaksin Shinawatra wants to sign a big-name star and has targeted Barcelona ace Ronaldinho.
But Hughes is keen to bring in players who know what the Premier League is all about. (The Sun)
Both Lucas Neill and Craig Bellamy’s careers have stagnated a little in recent seasons. It seems clear that West Ham are keen to cut costs and therefore, it’s no surprise that these two are being linked with a move to Manchester. Seemingly with money to burn, Mark Hughes would still be wise to not give in to crazy wage demands as both players have seen better days. Injuries curtailed Bellamy’s first season at Upton Park and Curbishley seems interested in replacing the Welshman with Everton’s Andy Johnson.