Liverpool to swoop for former Chelsea star

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Liverpool have emerged as contenders to sign England midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips.

The 28-year-old winger is set to find himself on the periphery at Eastlands following an influx of players at the club this summer, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is contemplating a £7 million move for the international.

A product of the Nottingham Forest academy, Wright-Phillips signed for Manchester City before making a senior appearance at the City Ground.

After seven years for the Citizens, Chelsea would pay £21 million to take Wright-Phillips to Stamford Bridge in 2005. His spell in London was relatively unsuccesful, and the wide man would miss out on England's 2006 World Cup squad during his time with the Blues.

Luiz Felipe Scolari allowed Wright-Phillips to leave the club in 2008, with City taking advantage and signing their former player for £8.5 million.

Italian boss Roberto Mancini has a plethora of talent to choose from at the City of Manchester stadium, particularly in the wide areas after adding David Silva to the ranks in the current window.

This had led to speculation over the exit of Wright-Phillips, with both Arsenal and the Reds thought to be interested in the player.

The Sunday Mirror reports that the Gunners have stalled over a potential move for the player, leavng the Merseyside club open to a signing should they meet the £7 million valuation.

It is also reported that new signing Joe Cole could be used to persuade Wright-Phillips to move to Anfield with the pair having played together at both club and international level.

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