Manchester City’s attempts to sign goalkeeper Scott Carson on a permanent basis are being frustrated by his parent club Derby County.
The 35-year old former England international has been on loan at the Etihad for the past two seasons, with the Championship club receiving two instalments of £500,000 a year to cover his wages and loan fee.
City want to make the arrangement permanent but Derby are unwilling to agree until a planned takeover of their club goes ahead.
That is because they are reliant on Carson’s loan fee to help pay their own salary bill at the moment.
The Derby squad have yet to receive their December wages in full, whilst new manager Wayne Rooney and his two coaches, Shay Given and Leroy Rosenior, have not been paid at all.
They have been told that they must wait until the takeover by a US-based investment firm has been completed.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.