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.