So, Roberto Mancini has officially announced that Shaun Wright-Phillips and Roque Santa Cruz will be off on loan shortly, announcing;
“If an opportunity for either of them to play came up, then it would be better for them and I hope for Roque that in one or two days, he will have that. It is the same situation for Roque and Shaun Wright-Phillips. He has two or three options.”
As Mancini intimated there, the deal for Santa Cruz to leave is as good as done with a return to Blackburn being announced as the likely destination.
Where is Wright-Phillips going then?
Well, Shaun Wright-Phillips has already been linked with loan moves to Fulham, Birmingham Newcastle and West Ham being the main contenders.
Fulham: Mark Hughes was the man who originally brought SWP to Manchester City and would certainly add some electric pace to what is a much more skilful than quick collection of wide players.
Birmingham: Were very interested, but with David Bentley coming in, it is looking unlikely that they would want to add SWP to the mix as well.
Newcastle: It is certainly a situation very similar to Birmingham’s in that the bringing in of a winger, in this case, Hatem Ben Arfa as a full-on signing, would appear to cool off the Geordie’s interest. However, the Frenchman is still missing through injury and could be for some time. Therefore, a short-term deal could fit in well with being able to avoid rushing Ben Arfa back too quickly.
West Ham: Could be a great spot for him, would certainly beat out Freddie Sears and Victor Obinna to a first team place to showcase his ‘skills’ (as in pace and nothing else). From the Hammers side it would be a great deal too, saves the Hammers paying a transfer fee, which would be extremely helpful and would give a massive boost to their relegation dogfight.
So, is their anywhere else he could go? I’m going to throw one more name into the hat as an outside bet…
Liverpool: Dalgish’s gig is a short-term thing. Therefore, massive financial outlays on a signing that might not be wanted by the new guy would be bad business; NESV doesn’t do bad business as the Red Sox proved. SWP on loan would help out terrifically in their own relegation battle providing width they lack, without the new man being forced into having him if he didn’t want him.
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