Thursday 22 February 2018

Reds boss eyes up move for Bridge

Roy Hodgson. Photo: Getty Images
Roy Hodgson. Photo: Getty Images

Mark Fleming

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is hoping to bring the Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge to the club after completing the signing of Chelsea's Joe Cole.

Cole's deal was finalised yesterday after the 28-year-old England international passed his medical. He had already agreed personal terms with the Anfield club on a four-year deal worth £90,000 a week following his release from Chelsea last month.

Liverpool hope Bridge will be the next big-name signing and believe City could be convinced to sell for as a little as £6m, although the fee is more likely to be around £8m. Hodgson needs a left-back after allowing Argentina international Emiliano Insua to move to Fiorentina for £5m.

Bridge (29) is likely to fall down the pecking order at Eastlands once the long-awaited £17m signing of the Lazio left-back Alexander Koralov has been completed. City manager Roberto Mancini is believed to want Koralov to replace Bridge in the starting XI next season.

Liverpool hope Bridge will appreciate being offered a change of scene following the turmoil he experienced last season. He brought his 36-cap international career to a close in February following revelations that John Terry had an affair with his former girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.

Cole yesterday described his decision to turn down offers from Arsenal and Tottenham to plump for Liverpool as "a no-brainer because they are the biggest club in the country."

Cole (28) denied suggestions he chose Liverpool simply because they were the only club to match his wage demands, and instead said he thought purely of footballing matters. Cole said the memory of the noise from the Kop in 2005 when Chelsea lost to Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final was a major factor in his decision.

"I tried to take everything out of the equation, take the financial and location side out and just thought in football terms. I thought about the semi-final of the Champions League in 2005 when I ran on to the field and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I was thinking about playing in that atmosphere every week and that swung it for me," he said.

Liverpool have also completed the signing of 18-year-old Rangers defender Danny Wilson. They will pay £2m up front with a further £3m dependent on appearances and add-ons.

Irish Independent

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