Jack Beresford picks out three potential destinations for the out-of-favour Queens Park Rangers winger.
Something of a fan favourite at the Etihad, having played over 200 games for the Sky Blues over two separate spells, Shaun Wright-Phillips decline from England national team contender to Queens Park Rangers also-ran has been a sharp one.
The 32-year-old winger played just 11 times in the Championship for Rangers last term and looks to be heading out of Loftus Road following reports that he is no longer part of Harry Redknapp's first-team plans.
Currently on a reported £60,000-a-week, the winger’s wages have so far proven a major stumbling block to any move. But a loan move down to the Championship, a January switch or a move abroad could yet prove to be a possibility.
Here are four options open to Wright-Phillips.
Stoke City – The Outside Bet
The Potters were previously linked with a move for the winger over the summer, although his wage demands seemingly prohibited them from turning that interest into a concrete offer for the former England international.
But should the club change its stance then the pre-existing relationship with Stoke boss Mark Hughes, who signed the midfielder during his time at Manchester City, could help convince the 32-year-old to lower his demands and move in the January transfer window, should Stoke require it.
Charlton – The Realistic Shot
Bob Peeters reportedly tried and failed to convince Wright-Phillips to move to the Valley on a short-term loan deal earlier in the summer and despite previously coming up short in his pursuit of the player, developments in the past few weeks may have changed SWP’s outlook.
While QPR continue to struggle in the Premier League, with Wright-Phillips playing no part in proceedings on the pitch, Charlton are emerging as surprise contenders for promotion, winning 1-0 against Watford at the weekend and the chance to help the Addicks return to the top-flight could help convince him to move on loan.
Nottingham Forest – The Short-term Solution
Another team looking to return to the Premier League, Forest possess the kind of financial clout that would mean they could afford to take SWP on loan and pay a proportion of his wages – something that could prove tempting to QPR.
Wright-Phillips worked under Stuart Pearce as a youngster at Manchester City and this relationship could also help the move become a reality, should the Forest boss find himself looking for attacking reinforcements to help maintain a promotion push.
New York Red Bulls – The Dream Departure
With brother Bradley Wright-Phillips currently enjoying his best ever season as a professional in the MLS, his current New York employers could be tempted to complete the set with a move for his brother Shaun.
A former England midfielder with major honours to his name from spells with Manchester City and Chelsea, SWP could be the ideal marquee signing and the sort of player to thrive in the way Jermain Defoe has done with Toronto FC.