Wigan Athletic have declared an interest in Man City’s out of favour Shaun Wright-Phillips, ESPN soccer net revealed.
However, they face stiff competition from Bolton Wanderers who have also said they would like to bring the diminutive winger to the Reebok Stadium.
Bolton defender Zat Knight is very close friends with Wright-Phillips and would welcome such a move, the former said: “Shaun’s a very good friend of mine and speaking to him, he’d love to come to Bolton.
“He’s at that age where he needs to be playing week in, week out. He hasn’t played regularly for the last two seasons. If he had to take a pay cut then I think he would do, because he could progress at Wanderers and then something else could happen.”
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Mancio happy at City.
Roberto Mancini has distanced himself from rumours suggesting he may return to Italy by committing his future to Man City, Sky Sports report.
The Italian had been continually linked with a move to Juventus before Antonio Conte took over the Turin club, as well other Serie A sides, but has spoken of his desire to stay in England and focus on his current challenge.
Mancini said: “I am now in England and I still have a two-year contract with City, where I have a good relationship with the owners,” he continued.
“Sheikh Mansour is close to us and follows us and the Premier League is the best. In Italy, the stadiums are empty and this makes me very sad.”
Given turns down WBA.
Shay Given has turned down a move to West Brom as he holds out hope of a move to Aston Villa, the Mail Online report.
Man City value the Irishman at around £5m but Alex McLeish thinks he is only worth £3m, and this difference in estimation could prove a big stumbling block.
Both Midland clubs have lost their respective first-choice keepers with West Brom’s Scott Carson bound for a move to Turkey whilst Tottenham poached Brad Freidel from Villa Park earlier in the summer.
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