Wright finalises City switch

Manchester City have announced the signing of former England,

Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright on a free


The 34-year-old has joined the Premier League champions as

back-up to first-choice Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon.

The move is one of the more surprising of the summer transfer


Wright, who has made 467 career appearances and won two England

caps, joined League One Preston earlier in the summer but left a

week later citing homesickness.

Wright made his name as a teenager with Ipswich, for whom he

played more than 300 games over three spells.

He joined Arsenal in 2001 and has also played for West Ham,

Southampton and Sheffield United.

“We need a goalkeeper with experience and Richard Wright is good

for us,” City manager Roberto Mancini said.