Liverpool prepare shock £4m move for out-of-favour former Chelsea star

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Liverpool are being linked with a surprise January move for Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

The England international has fallen out of favour at Eastlands following the arrival of Italian boss Roberto Mancini, and new Liverpool chief Kenny Dalglish is being linked with a move this month.

Former Anfield chief Roy Hodgson was thought to be keen on the player in the summer, but ran out of time to make a move for the player and Liverpool missed out.

Wright-Phillips burst onto the scene at City, making his debut as a teenager in 1998 and becoming a firm favourite with the Citizen faithful. After seven years at the club, Chelsea would pay £21 million for his services.

His three year stint at Stamford Bridge was littered with substitute appearances, and the wing wizard struggled to hold down a first team place under Jose Mourinho at the club.

A return to City would come in 2008, with the Sky Blues re-signing their former prodigy for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £8 million.

After a solid start on return to Eastlands, opportunities have become limited under Mancini, leading to speculation that the 29-year-old will leave the club.

Liverpool lead the chase for the player, although Fulham are also thought to be interested with manager Mark Hughes keen to link-up with the player once again.

Footylatest reports that the Cottagers may struggle to meet the player's wage demands, leaving the door open for the Merseysiders should they make a discount £4 million move for the player.

New owners NESV have pledged money to the Liverpool cause as Dalglish looks to strengthen in the transfer window, with attacking players thought to be the priority for the new Anfield supremo.

Damien Comolli, Director of Football strategy for Liverpool, is also thought to have a say in the transfers at the club, and the Frenchman could attempt to persuade Dalglish to bring the player to the club on a short-term loan deal.

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