Bolton haggling to land SWP for a wee fee
Published 23:01 04/08/11 By Alan Nixon
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is trying to agree a bargain fee with Manchester City for Shaun Wright-Phillips - but is struggling to buy a striker.
Coyle has been told by City that their out-of-favour winger will be sold rather than loaned and is trying to negotiate a low price that would help him to afford the England international's wages.
Wright-Phillips is keen on the move - first revealed by Mirror back in January - for both footballing and personal reasons, but is looking for a three-year contract.
Coyle has confirmed his interest but refused to elaborate on the cost of the package or on whether Bolton can afford Wright-Phillips - who became a priority target when Lee Chung-Yong broke his leg last week.
The Bolton chief said: "I have too much respect for [City manager] Roberto Mancini and his staff to talk about their player. But Shaun is a hugely talented player."
Meanwhile, Bolton's bid to sign Liverpool's French striker David Ngog is on the rocks because Kop chiefs are refusing to budge on their £4.5million asking price.
Ngog is unlikely to figure for Kenny Dalglish's side this season despite appearing in some pre-season matches and showing his goal touch.
Coyle thinks Ngog would be an ideal capture because of his age and potential, but he only rates him in the £3.5m class - and may now go back in for Birmingham's Cameron Jerome.