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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 July, 2005, 08:14 GMT 09:14 UK
Pearce transfer plans put on hold
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has drawn up two lists of transfer targets while he waits for Chelsea to make an offer for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Chelsea's delay in making an official bid for the England winger has hindered Pearce's summer team-building plans.

If the move happens, Pearce will reportedly set his sights on Southampton's Peter Crouch or Robbie Keane and Freddie Kanoute from Spurs.

The second list includes Everton's Marcus Bent and Perugia's Jay Bothroyd.

Bent and Bothroyd would be the cheaper alternatives if 20m-rated Wright-Phillips stays with City.

Pearce's priority is bringing in a striker, with Robbie Fowler the sole senior frontman at the club.

Shaun's younger brother Bradley is Pearce's only other option up front, while Lee Croft and Antoine Sibierski both filled in there at the end of last season.

So far Pearce's only piece of transfer business this summer has been to extend Kiki Musampa's loan deal from Athletico Madrid.

He has seen four players leave the club with Jon Macken, Steve McMananaman, Paul Bosvelt and Christian Negouai all departing.

Meanwhile, Sibierski has been ruled out of the Blues' Asia Trophy campaign in Thailand with a hamstring injury.

The 30-year-old Frenchman picked up the injury following his return to pre-season training and Pearce will rest him for the next two weeks.


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