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Manchester City defender seals Reading transfer

Bridge was loaned to Brighton last season. (©GettyImages)
Bridge was loaned to Brighton last season. (©GettyImages).

Reading have beaten fellow Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers to the signing of former Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge. 

Bridge has been frozen out of the team since the Sheikh Mansour takeover, and has found himself being sent out on-loan on a number of occasions, despite his £90,000-a-week wages.

Bridge made only 43 appearances in a Manchester City shirt, despite the fact he has been at the club for four years. 

Bridge's first loan move came in 2011 when he spent the second half of the season on-loan at West Ham, followed by a move to Sunderland in 2012. And last season Bridge dropped down a division, to join Gus Poyet's Brighton and Hove Albion, where he made 37 appearances. 

And it is Nigel Adkins who has moved quickest to secure the services of the 32-year-old left back, with QPR manager Harry Redknapp also interested in signing the Englishman. 

And it seems that Bridge is happy with the move, and was full of praise for his new manager in an interview with Reading TV. 

Bridge said: "I'm delighted to be signing for Reading and excited to be joining a team that is going to be looking for promotion next season. I spoke to the manager and he told me about the direction he wants the team to go in. Everything we talked about was positive."

"And from outside, Reading look like a team who are capable of getting back into the Premier League, and a team that works hard for each other," Bridge continued. 


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Manchester City
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