Manchester City Transfer News: Fullback Wayne Bridge Finds a New Home for 2012

Kyle DegabContributor IIIJuly 7, 2012

With the transfer window now open, Manchester City has unloaded disgruntled and unwanted left-back and former English international Wayne Bridge.  BBC has reported that as of July 6, 2012, Wayne Bridge has joined Brighton and Hove Albion FC on a season-long loan.

This is quite the fall from grace for the former Chelsea defender.  Brighton is playing in the npower championship, England's second division.  

Seagulls boss Gus Poyet stated his admiration for his Bridge capture, saying: 

"I'm absolutely delighted to have Wayne with us. He's been one of the top three left-backs in this country for many years. There were a lot of things that had to come together to make it happen."

Bridge was gifted a very large contract when he was purchased for £10 million in 2009.  Bridge is just one of the many overpaid and underachieving players still under contract at the Eastlands that is simply not in the plans of Italian manager Roberto Mancini.

Mancini will look to continue to offload these staggering weekly wages that were granted by his predecessors.  Still, strikers Roque Santa Cruz and Adebayor will be needing new homes before the start of this new season.