Stoke want Shaun Wright-Phillips, Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios

10 August 2011 09:52
Stoke will rival Bolton in the race to sign Manchester City misfit Shaun Wright-Phillips and have launched a final bid for Spurs duo Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch.

England international Wright-Phillips, 29, is surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium and City boss Roberto Mancini admitted he is open to offers for the former Chelsea star.

Up for grabs: Manchester City are willing to offload winger Shaun Wright-Phillips

Stoke already have two first-choice wingers in Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant but manager Tony Pulis wants to provide competition ahead of a busy season with the Potters also challenging in Europe.

City are said to want ?2million for Wright-Phillips, a fee Bolton boss Coyle is stalling on due to added problem of the player's wages.

Tall order: Stoke are interested in Tottenham striker Peter Crouch

But with the wealthy backing of owner Peter Coates, Stoke - who signed free agent Matthew Upson on Tuesday - are said to be confident in striking a deal.

It is also understood that ambitious Stoke have also launched a final raid for Tottenham duo Palacios and Crouch.

On the move: Stoke are also keen on Spurs midfielder Wilson Palacios

Pulis wants to add steel to his midfield and find goals in attack after a deal to bring West Ham striker Carlton Cole collapsed earlier this summer over personal terms.

Tottenham's interest in ?35m-rated Porto striker Hulk could pave the way for Crouch's departure while Palacios has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.

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