Date: 28th January 2009 at 7:15am
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Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has been left livid at the way Manchester City have behaved over Wilson Palacios and his ultimate transfer to Spurs last week for £14 million.

The Latics boss claims that Palacios was ready to snub a move to London and sign a contract extension with Wigan, that is until City came in for talks with the player but without any intention of signing him.

Bruce says that City ‘used` both Palacios and the Latics in their attempt to sign West Ham striker Craig Bellamy by reaching a ‘gentlemans` agreement with Spurs who were also interested in signing Bellamy, if you like sa bit of a sting, a livid Bruce told reporters:

“They had no intention of signing Palacios. They used the boy as a weapon and used our club as a vehicle just to get Bellamy

‘I have to say Manchester City’s behaviour was absolutely disgusting.

‘If they had not come in a week last Friday and unsettled the boy, he would have signed a contract for us.

‘The player would have signed. He was wobbling and wasn’t sure about going to London.

‘We had offered him a contract and he was on the verge of signing that contract. We even went as far as to have the papers drawn up.

‘Then Manchester City ring him and it’s a different ball game.

‘It’s a total joke. They took the piss out of us to be honest.

‘They’ve shown a lack of respect for this football club and the player himself.’



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