FORMER Sunderland loanee Wayne Bridge is set to join Championship outfit Brighton.
Bridge is on the verge of sealing a season-long loan from Manchester City, with Gus Poyet’s side paying a fraction of the left-back’s wages – reportedly just £10,000 of his £90,000 weekly wage at the Etihad Stadium.
The 31-year-old was Martin O’Neill’s first signing as Sunderland boss after the ex-England international arrived in the final throes of the January transfer window on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Bridge made 10 appearances for the Black Cats and had been keen to convert his loan switch into a permanent deal.
But Bridge did not do enough to convince O’Neill of his long-term worth and he returned to City with a year still remaining on his contract with the Premier League champions.
Certainly, Bridge had little chance of featuring under Roberto Mancini again after just one appearance for City last season, in September’s Carling Cup third round.
Brighton have now moved to make an ambitious bid for Bridge, with City happy to let the former Chelsea man ply his trade elsewhere.