News in the Daily Mirror today that Jimmy Bullard wants a £2M pay-off from Hull City.
Jimmy Bullard – Newcastle interested?
Hull are in the same position Newcastle were in last summer, with their wage bill just far too high to be sustainable without Premiership TV money.
And of course their biggest wage earner is Jimmy Bullard, who has a contract worth around £50K/week, which he signed in January, 2009, and there are still three years of the contract left.
But of course that deal was hardly good for Hull, as Jimmy sustained another terrible knee injury, shortly after singing the contract, and he ended up with just 15 appearances with 5 goals for the club.
When push came to shove, Jimmy couldn’t produce the goods for Hull, and they were relegated.
That’s not unlike another overpaid player – Michael Owen – who couldn’t produce when it really mattered for Newcastle when they were relegated a year ago.
Hull are trying to offload Bullard to Celtic, and the new news today is that Jimmy would take a £2M pay-off on his contract – as long as he was then available as a free agent to join Celtic or Newcastle.
That’s essentially ending his contract at Hull for £2M.
Our interest in the story is that the Mirror is stating he would then be available to join one of the two clubs interested in the player, Celtic or Newcastle.
But Jimmy is not the type of player Newcastle need, and we already have some decent central midfielders in Smith, Nolan, Barton and Guthrie and he would hardly add much to the Newcastle squad.
But the Mirror has tagged Newcastle along with Celtic as clubs being interested in the player for several weeks now.
It seems it doesn’t much matter that Newcastle are definitely not interested in the 31 year-old.
It’s now looking almost certain that Newcastle will not bring anybody over 30 into the squad this summer, and that’s true for three players we know of, who are currently available – Bullard, Sol Campbell and former Magpies right back Habib Beye.