Reports coming from this morning’s Daily Mail had suggested that Bolton Wanderers were in pole-position to land out-of-favour winger Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City. However breaking news from the Mirror has Sunderland making serious enquiries about the former England international.
Wright-Phillips has been a long term target for Bolton manager Owen Coyle, but attempts to land the little winger were thought to have intensified this week, after Bolton’s Chung-Yong Lee and Tyrone Mears were ruled out for the majority of the new season, both breaking legs.
However Wright-Phillips’ agent, Wayne Lindsay has revealed another potential blow for the Trotter’s boss: ‘There has been an enquiry from Sunderland about Shaun. There is no secret that Manchester City are prepared to let him go if an offer came in and it was the right offer so I would guess it is now up to Sunderland whether to follow up that initial interest.’
Manchester City are keen to remove their fringe players from the squad and cut down on unnecessary wage payments, and manager Roberto Mancini was thought to be open to letting Wright-Phillips leave for a cheaper transfer fee, rather than keep paying his wages. But with at least two very interested parties now looking for his services, City could recoup more than they expected.
The Bolton manager had already expressed his admiration for Wright-Phillips when asked on a potential deal earlier this week stating: ‘I have too much respect for Roberto Mancini and his staff to talk about their player. But Shaun is a hugely talented player.’