READING KEEN ON BRIDGE

Newly promoted club Reading are looking at the possibility of getting Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge on a permanent deal in the summer. The 31-year-old is out of favour at Manchester City.

He has played less than a handful of games for the club in the last two years, but a potential move has also not been possible due to the high wages. The defender is on a contract worth around £ 100,000 per week and it is thought that he is not willing to take wage cut right now.

He has a few years left on his current contract at City after signing it following his £ 12 million move from Chelsea in 2009.

He has not been featured in the Manchester City first-team since September. After spending a lot of time in the reserve squads, Wayne Bridge decided to leave on a loan deal to Sunderland till the end of the season.

Following the end of his loan deal, Sunderland did not show any interest in converting the loan deal into a permanent one due to the high wages demanded by the player. However, now it has emerged that Reading, who are back in the Premier league after a few seasons in the Championship, are looking to sign the full-back.

“We have some targets. People who will add quality to the group. That’s all I will say. We will have possibly three or more players in, but we won’t bring in 10 players, more like four or five to add to the group that we have. I’ve had stacks of phone calls and it’s amazing how many friends I have now. I’m so much more attractive than I was a week ago,” said Reading manager Brian McDermott. The club are expected to spend big in the transfer window this season.

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BRIDGE LOOKING AT LOAN MOVES

Wayne Bridge is set to become the most sought-after player in the January transfer window after it was revealed that Manchester City would be interested in sending the player out on loan.

Wayne Bridge has rarely played for Manchester City this season after being left out of the 25 man squad for the Premier League. He has not been part of the team when it comes to the Carling cup and the Champions League as well. Hence, it seems to have been decided within Manchester City that they would be sending the former Chelsea left back out on loan.

One of the major stumbling blocks in a potential permanent move to other clubs is the current contract of Wayne Bridge. He is thought to be on a contract that reportedly pays him around £ 90,000 for a week, which is an extraordinary sum of money even for a striker. Even if Manchester City do not demand a transfer fee for the player, he is unlikely to be willing to forego the huge contract that he is currently enjoying. Hence, a loan move is the only solution for both parties involved. Of course, a loan move is something that is not new to Wayne Bridge given that he was already on loan to West Ham last season.

This time around, a number of clubs both from the Premier League and the championship, have shown interest in the left back. One of the most audacious attempts among them has to be Brighton and Hove’s attempt to sign the left back. Even with the support from Manchester city, one can be sure that clubs like Brighton and Hove will not be able to afford the wages of Wayne Bridge. Other clubs interested include the likes of QPR, Doncaster and Swansea.

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