Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has made his interest in Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips clear, however reveals that the players' wage demands mean a deal is far from complete.
After having added Darren Pratley, Nigel Reo-Coker, Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears, Coyle is looking for a fifth signing before the season begins.
The club have been linked with Wright-Phillips, however Bolton manager Coyle isn't convinced the deal will go through.
"He's a player I like and have always liked, but then you know that from last year," he said.
"In an ideal world, I'd be interested if he was available, and I have to say 'if' because there have been stories hanging around that we've been granted permission to speak to him.
"I don't know about the other clubs but I haven't been granted permission by anyone at Manchester City.
"He’s very talented but you have to accept that sometimes players at the elite clubs are difficult because of finances."
The ball appears to be in Wright-Phillips' court, and after being given countless opportunities to leave City, where his opportunities have become limited following the signings of Adam Johnson, James Milner and David Silva, the player would be wise to leave for Bolton this summer.
Not least would Wright-Phillips be first choice with Bolton, but constant first-team football would assist in him claiming his international place back, where Milner and Johnson have leapfrogged him.