Man City news – SWP set for Fulham loan, Ade adieu, Kidd: Title unlikely

Ade adieu.

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return to his former club AS Monaco this month for a fee of £9million, according to Mirror Football.

Adebayor has been linked with a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium for the past few months as the Togolese player has not featured for the Citizens since coming off the bench against SV Salzburg at the start of December.

The former Arsenal player signed for Monaco at 19-years-of-age and spent three years there, scoring 18 goals in 79 Ligue 1 games for Les Rouge et Blanc.

Real Madrid have been linked with a move for Adebayor this month as they look to replace the injured Gonzalo Higuain but the interest appears to have died down as Jose Mourinho has been told the Spanish side will not be signing another striker this season.

SWP set for Fulham loan.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is set to join Fulham on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy for a fee of £4million if Mark Hughes’ side avoid the drop, the Daily Mail has revealed.

Manchester City have been looking to offload Wright-Phillips this month as the 29-year-old has been surplus to requirements this season and has caught the eye of Fulham and Bolton Wanderers with the Lilywhites set to complete the deal before the end of the January transfer window.

The Cottagers will pay the winger’s £70,000 per-week wages and, assuming the south-west London side are outside the bottom three come the end of the season, the former Chelsea player will become a permanent addition to the side.

Kidd: Title unlikely.

Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has suggested that the Premier League big spenders could be out of the title race already, despite sitting third place, just three points behind league leaders and archrivals Manchester United.

Speaking after the Citizens’ 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday, the former Manchester City player said that the club’s aim from the start of the season was to occupy a Champions League spot when the campaign reaches its close: “Our aim at the start of the season was to get in the top four. That doesn’t influence us – we work hard and we want to win things.”

Kidd then conceded that United are the favourites to lift the title this season: “It’s a blip. Manchester United are going very well and personally I’ve always thought it was theirs to lose. We’re obviously disappointed but we will put it behind us.”

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