The career of Shaun Wright-Phillips has so far been a largely frustrating one, with the England international having arrived at Chelsea for £21 million in July 2005 only to make 43 league starts over three seasons.
The winger then returned to Manchester City in 2008 and the player’s career has again stalled due to the club’s recently-found wealth, with Bolton now offering Wright-Phillips the chance to make a fresh start at the Reebok Stadium.
Owen Coyle clearly rates a player that started his career as a Nottingham Forest trainee and talks are taking place between the interested parties at the moment, although the winger is thought to be earning £70,000 per week at Manchester City.
Coyle said: “He is someone I would love to bring to the club. Whether it is possible, only time will tell. There are financial implications involved. Players at Manchester City are on contracts that are more than we could pay. There is a threshold we cannot go beyond.
“But there has been dialogue between our chairman and Garry Cook. That is where we are at the moment. There is nothing concrete.”
Wright-Phillips would certainly add an exciting attacking option to a team that have been shorn of Johan Elmander this summer, while Daniel Sturridge looks unlikely to return on loan from Chelsea.