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Wayne Bridge completes West Ham loan move from Man City

Wayne Bridge of Manchester City
Bridge signed for City from Chelsea for around 10m

West Ham United have signed Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge on loan until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old, who attended West Ham's 2-1 Carling Cup win over Birmingham on Tuesday, could make his debut against Arsenal on Saturday.

"It will be great to play a part in helping keep West Ham in the Premier League," Bridge said.

The former England defender signed for City in January 2009, but has made only three league appearances this season.

Bridge has struggled to displace Argentine Pablo Zabaleta from City's starting line-up and has faced further competition from summer arrival Aleksandar Kolarov.


Bridge will add to manager Avram Grant's defensive options after West Ham's only specialist left-back Herita Ilunga suffered a leg injury in the 1-1 draw with Everton on 28 December.

"I am just looking forward to meeting everyone at the training ground, starting work and getting out on the pitch and playing in front of the fans," added Bridge.

"I am glad the loan is sorted and I'm ready to play.

"I know a few of the players from England and I know the physio. I spoke to Scotty Parker and a few people and they told me what a great club it is."

Bridge, who won 36 caps for his country, retired from international football in February stating that his position in the squad had become "potentially divisive" after allegations about his private life.

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see also
Hammers boss Grant given reprieve
12 Jan 11 |  West Ham
Bridge seals transfer to Man City
03 Jan 09 |  Man City
Bridge signs for Chelsea
21 Jul 03 |  Chelsea

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