Newcastle are reported today in the Daily Mail, to be interested in Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Shaun Wright-Phillips – Newcastle interested?
Manchester City are trying to loan out a few of their players in January.
But in order to be in line with the new UEFA Financials Fair Play rules that start next season, they will soon need to have a clear out of some of their high wage earners, who are fringe players, in order to be able to balance their books.
And it could even turn into a fire sale this summer, the longer these players remain on their books.
Bolton and Fulham are the two other clubs thought to be interested in signing the player on loan through the end of the season, but one negative is that the club taking the winger will have to cough up all of Shaun’s very high £70K/week wages.
Since Mark Hughes has already worked with the player at Manchester City, it could be that the London club are favorites to sign the player, but we don’t know if Shaun would want to join a club in a relegation battle, even though it is just on loan.
One thing that Alan Pardew revealed over the weekend was that he is on the look-out for a left sided player, who can add to the capabilities Newcastle already have in Enrique and Gutierrez, but Pardew has pinpointed this area as a weakness when either player is out injured.
Wright-Phillips is at home on either wing, and would add some speed and penetration down the wings for the Tyneside club.
The 29 year-old Greenwich-born player has played 248 times for Man City, over two spells with the club, and has 47 goals.
In the three seasons he was at Chelsea, Shaun played 124 times with 10 goals, and has represented England 36 times with 6 goals.