Jim still keen on the Wright move

BLUES boss Jim Magilton last night revealed he would still like to sign Richard Wright and confirmed he had made an inquiry about Aston Villa's Thomas Sorensen.

Derek Davis

BLUES boss Jim Magilton last night revealed he would still like to sign Richard Wright and confirmed he had made an inquiry about Aston Villa's Thomas Sorensen.

We revealed that Town were after the Denmark international who wants to leave Villa Park after losing his place to Scott Carson - who is on the verge of making his move from Liverpool permanent - but even though Town suffered an knock-back, are still interested.

Magilton said: “Sorensen's agent told us he was not prepared to drop down a division and wanted to stay in the Premier League. We are not a Premier League side yet.

“If he became available and wanted to come to us we would speak to him.”

The same applies to former Blues and England keeper Wright, who finished the season on loan at Southampton after spending almost ten months on the bench at West Ham after turning down an offer to join the Blues last summer.

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Magilton said: “Wrighty is another, and if he wants to come and play he would be welcomed back.

“A lot of players are prepared to sit in the reserves and not drop down and it baffles me.”

At the same time Magilton has not discounted the possibility that he will keep both Stephen Bywater and Nick Colgan, while Shane Supple is due to return from Falkirk once the SPL season is concluded.

Magilton said: “We need a keeper and Stephen Bywater is still in that equation.”

He is also set to talk to Colgan who has yet to play for Town but has had a really positive effect in the dressing-room.

Magilton said: “I will sit down with Nick to see if he wants to carry on playing.”

Supple has another game in the SPL before his loan spell at Falkirk is completed but that may not be the end of his stay in Scotland.

Magilton said: “Falkirk fancy Shane strongly and we will take time to sit down with him and see what happens.”

Among Magilton's targets last January was Northern Ireland international David Healy who this week said he was happy to stay at Fulham and fight for his place, something that Magilton admitted made him miserable.

He added: “Anyone would be happy if they were in contention to be playing regularly in the Premier League. It is case of monitoring the situation closely.

“All managers will be having a wash up like we are and deciding who they want to keep and who can go and we will be looking at that.”

Magilton has also had his hopes dashed about making Danny Simpson a permanent signing after Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed the defender was in his plans for next season and would be taking him to South Africa on the pre-season tour.

Magilton said: “If the opportunity came along to bring him back then we would but I expect Danny to be part of their pre season and believe he will be part of their squad next season.”

Leicester City's Gareth McAuley remains a target and Town are waiting to find out from the Foxes if the defender is for sale.

Magilton said: “I like the shape of our team but we need to replace that experience in the spine of the team.

“We have got Alex and David Wright but we need a centre half to replace Jason.”