Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is looking to tie up a deal to take Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to the Reebok Stadium.
Wright-Phillips is out of favour at the Etihad Stadium, and despite his recent impressive performances in pre-season, most notably on the club’s tour of America and the Dublin Super Cup, he does not figure in Roberto Mancini’s plans for the upcoming season, with the likes of David Silva, Adam Johnson and Mario Balotelli preferred by the Italian.
Bolton boss Coyle is keen on attempting to rejuvenate the career of the England international, who turns 30 in October, and is in the market for another wideman having sold Matthew Taylor to West Ham and having lost South Korean international Lee Chung-Yong to a broken leg.
Wright-Phillips has not made a league start for City since last September and is keen on a move to play first-team football and according to his agent, is available.
“There is no secret that Manchester City are prepared to let him go if an offer came in” said Wayne Lindsay on Wednesday.
A move to the Reebok, and first team football would certainly appeal to a player whose career appears to have hit the proverbial brick wall, although whether the Trotters could afford to take over the players contract, either on loan or in a permanent deal, remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Coyle has confirmed that Wright-Phillips is on his radar.
“Shaun Wright-Phillips is a terrific player, a player we know well and he’s an outstanding talent,” he said.
“Whether anything happens with that remains to be seen, but he’s a very good player.”