QPR could be about to throw a lifeline to Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, whose career has nosedived in the past two seasons.
The former England international is surplus to requirements at the Ethiad Stadium and hasn’t played a game in the Premier League league leaders since December 2010 despite picking up a hefty £90,000 a week in wages. He is free to find a new club during the transfer window after Roberto Mancini told him he could leave.
In fact, Mancini has revealed that he hasn’t even spoken to Bridge in the past two seasons.
Arsenal, who lost both Andros Santos and Kieren Gibbs to injury in December, had been the frontrunners for Bridge’s signature but his lack of match sharpness along with the improved recent performances of makeshift left-back Francis Coquelin have made Arsène Wenger think again.
Rumours are rife that the financially bulky west-London outfit have been monitoring Bridge’s situation ever since the club was brought by millionaire Tony Fernandes and were even close to agreeing a loan deal for the left-back before they decided to sign Armand Traoré instead over the summer.
A loan-deal is probably the route they will go down again with Fernandes happy to stump up the cash to cover his wages for the remainder of the season.
R’s manager Neil Warnock is keen to add strength to his relegation threatened squad, especially in the defensive department. First choice left-back Traoré is off to the African Nations Cup with Senegal and could be absent until the middle of February while Warnock doesn’t believe 33-year-old Clint Hill has the pace to be able to perform at Premier League level.