Bridge Opts for Bottom Club West Ham Over Villa

January 11, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Wayne Bridge is set to snub a potential loan move to Aston Villa in favour of a temporary switch to bottom club West Ham. Bridge has fallen down they City pecking order and is keen to secure first team football, with the London club being his preferred destination. Any deal to either side would see the club loaning the full back play his reported £90,000 a week wages after the Eastlands club refused to subsidise a potential loan. Bridge’s decision looks to become the third successive interest from Gerard Houllier to get rejected after the Frenchman missed out on Roman Weidenfeller, staying with Dortmund, and seemingly long term interest Jean Makoun after being priced out in a move for the midfielder. Villa are lining up Blackpool captain Charlie Adam with a second bid after a formal offer was rejected by the newly promoted club. It is believed that Houllier will continue to look at left back options after Stephen Warnock no longer appears to be in his managers plans after some abject performances this season. Being rejected to join the club that have been bottom of the league for almost an entire season says a lot about Villa’s turn in fortunes but due to the player’s ridiculous wages I can’t help but feel this is a lucky escape for Villa. Thoughts?

Bridge to Choose Between Villa and West Ham

January 10, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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It has been confirmed that both Aston Villa and West Ham have had loan offers for Manchester City left back Wayne Bridge accepted by the Eastlands club. The England international full-back is now set to decide on which club he would like to sign for on a temporary contract until the end of the current season. The decision is made harder for the defender with both Avram Grant and Gerard Houllier under fire with the former in particular, thought to be unlikely to be in a job by the end of the month. If Bridge were to join Villa it may well spell the end of a short tenure at the club for Stephen Warnock, whose mediocre displays this term have not gone unnoticed by his manager. Rumours that he will be offloaded back to former club Blackburn in a bid to exchange Christopher Samba remain rife in the media. Bridge is hoping to regain first team football after falling way down the pecking order at City but may feel that this is more of a certainty at bottom club West Ham, with Ciaran Clark filling in admirably in Warnock’s absence. The 30-year-old is thought to be ready to commit to one or the other clubs in the next two days, ahead of a derby day visit to Birmingham were he to make the shorter trip to the Midlands. Discuss…

Bridge Over Troubled Warnock?

January 7, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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Reports in the Telegraph suggest that Wayne Bridge is set to be brought to Aston Villa on loan to put pressure on the struggling Stephen Warnock at left-back. The news comes a day after Houllier signed right-back Kyle Walker on loan for the rest of the season as the Frenchman looks to overhaul is failing back four. I would agree that Warnock has been poor in comparison to last term but he is ahead of Wayne Bridge in the pecking order for England and the City left-back has hardly played all season capping a pretty bad year considering John Terry did the dirty with his ex. The former Chelsea and Southampton defender is now 30 and looking to secure first team football after falling way down the pecking order at Manchester City behind the likes of Kolarov and Zabaleta. In a desperate attempt to get Villa out of their relegation scrap, owner Randy Lerner is reportedly willing to offer the player’s £90,000 a week wages in full after City refused to subsidise a potential loan despite revealing the player is free to leave! This is what the papers are saying but I simply can’t believe that they would make him the highest paid player at the club, hence pissing off the current squad no doubt. If Lerner is willing to pay those sort of wages I would suggest that he could go for someone with far more potential than Wayne Bridge, put it this way if Wayne Bridge is worth 90k a week it starts to make Steve Sidwell’s 45k look like a steal. Nevertheless, Bridge has shown on many occasions that he is a top player but sadly not in the past 3 or 4 years. The left-back will be hoping a loan will revive his chances at Man City but that is highly unlikely for a player who, if loaned, will surely be leaving Mancini’s outfit next season. What do you think of this deal? Surely not worth 90k a week so I would have to suggest that that is tosh to be honest. Is he better than Warnock?