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Pulis Pipes Up for Wright-Phillips

According to reports, Tony Pulis is set to make a move for out of favour Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

The 29-year-old England international rejoined Moneybags City in 2008 after initially leaving the club for a darker blue side in Chelsea in 2005.

Shaun has enjoyed a good spell in Manchester, however since the appointment of current boss Roberto Mancini, it has been a tall order for the 5"5` winger to prove that he is worthy of a regular spot in the first team.

Last season, he made only 18 appearances in all competitions for Mancini's side and managed to score one goal.

Now it seems he is available for transfer, sparking an interest in a host of clubs, including Sunderland and Bolton. However the Potters are leading the chase and are set to place a bid.

Manchester City value Wright-Phillips at 2million and it is believed that Tony is more than prepared to match that offer, especially as he has saved the club millions by bringing in Jonathan Woodgate and Mathew Upson for free.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is a good player on his day, and the 2million price tag says to me that Mancini wants him off the wage bill (not that they are struggling for cash or anything). I reckon they could fetch a little more for him if the right club is interested, but it makes a change to see a reasonable price tag for a big club player. Having said that, the reason he`ll want to move is to secure more action in the top flight, so with us already having one of the best winger combinations in the Premier League with Pennant and Etherington, he may find himself being a back-up on the bench. Bolton will be able to offer more games, so for me, I`m not sure if he`ll come.

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Writer: Ryan Kalisz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 10 2011

Time: 2:51PM

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He hasnt got in his squad because he isn't that brilliant. He was an average England player that did his shift, and I wonder if he would actually be a patch on Etherington and Pennant tbh
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10/08/2011 15:01:00

Would be a good signing, but what would this mean for Pennant? Surely Wright-Phillips wouldn't be coming to sit on the bench.
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10/08/2011 15:02:00

To be honest I'd rather keep Shaun and sell you Adam Johnson.
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10/08/2011 15:40:00

I reserve the right to withdraw the above post if Johnson improves this season (he needs to!).
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10/08/2011 15:43:00

What are stoke fans views on the crouch-palacios transfer possibility? Do you think you'd bid anywhere near 14-16m for them both? or do you think you're trying to get them on the cheap and if that's refused not bother? Personally i'd sell them to you for a combined fee of around 12m and be glad to get it.
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10/08/2011 16:11:00

If Crouch, Wright-Phillips, Palacios or anyone else were of any use to their current (but better than us) clubs they wouldn't be up for sale. They all, at least in my eyes, fulfil the Pulis number 1 rule that they will add something to our squad but no player that comes in is guaranteed a starting position and should not expect it. We have a good starting 11 that got us into Europe and an FA Cup Final last season - we now need to bring in some more players of at least a similar standard who can give us that strength in depth to allow us to compete in Europe, the Cups and the PL, which is something we're desperately lacking in all departments. If Pennant's looking at the likes of W-P on the bench then that can only be a good thing for the club and both players. It was good to see that Upson recognises that and is here to fight for his place with Shawcross, Huth and Woodgate.
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10/08/2011 18:19:00

I'd happily have them both for 12million
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10/08/2011 19:05:00

It shows Stoke's continuing ambition to go for players like we have been reportidly doing. Hopefully something can come about from most of the big players we've been linked with, especially Crouch, Palacios and Wright-Phillips
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10/08/2011 21:02:00

Palacios was great for us when he first arrived but his form went right out of the window after his family tragedy, and understandably so too. A move would do him the world of good now, fresh start and all that. He'd be a great signing if he rediscovers his form. Crouch? hmm, you just have to realise that he isn't gonna be in the team for goals. He can form a lethal double act with Delap and knock a load down for others to feed off. Boothen's got it right about SWP, he can act as a rocket up the ass for the two better wingers you have. I think you've been up long enough to stop thinking about looking over your shoulder now and concentrate on kicking on, the players you're in for backs that up i guess. Good luck for the coming season yeah.
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10/08/2011 21:13:00

SWP is a quality player and he'd be top notch back up but he won't leave Man City's bench on mega wages to sit on Stoke's bench on a much smaller pay packet. I hear Bolton are in for him, would expect him to go there, their best player's broken his leg and SWP would be a very good replacement for him. He'd play a massive part for them and whilst he'd get plenty of games for us in the Cups he'd want to be the main man. To the Spurs fan, cheers for coming on mate, we'd definitely pay 14 mill+ for the two, considering the money we were prepared to pay for Dann and Jerome. Would be a good deal for both clubs, Crouch is probably worth around 6-7million, and Palacios around 8-10.
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10/08/2011 22:03:00

Wright-Phillips and Pennant running the flanks hmm...a mouth-watering meal for Jones.
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11/08/2011 06:05:00

Great player if you get him. I really liked him when he was at Chelsea.
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13/08/2011 00:26:00

I'd happily have them both for 12million BigMamasHouse 12m it is then lol
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15/08/2011 16:54:00


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