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Jimmy Bullard's loan move to Celtic falls through

Jimmy Bullard celebrates with Hull
Celtic were unwilling to match Bullard's wage demands

Jimmy Bullard's proposed season-long loan move to Celtic has fallen through according to present club Hull City.

Tigers head of football operations Adam Pearson told BBC Radio Humberside that the problem had arisen because of the 31-year-old midfielder's wage demands.

"Jimmy wanted an incentive to go up to Celtic and that's his prerogative," said Pearson.

"But that incentive was too heavy for Celtic and I can understand that as the wages are heavy anyway."

Hull wanted Bullard off the wage bill now that they have been relegated to the Championship.

Jimmy will form part of our squad for the pre-season friendlies

Hull Head of Football Operations Adam Pearson

But, after travelling to Glasgow for negotiations last week, their record signing, at a cost of £5m, appears to have wanted more in wages for playing for Celtic than he currently earns.

Celtic, who signed midfielder Joe Ledley on Monday after he left Cardiff City, had only been willing to pay a proportion of the Englishman's present salary.

Bullard, who has previously played with Fulham, Wigan, Peterborough and West Ham, took in some of the Scottish Open golf while on his trip to Scotland but has returned to Hull's pre-season training camp.

"We have just got to get on with it," said Pearson, speaking as he announced that Hull had agreed deals to sign midfielders James Harper, released by Sheffield United, and Nolberto Solano, who was previously with Leicester City.

"He missed a few days last week with being up in Scotland, so we have got to get him up to speed and he will form part of our squad for the pre-season friendlies."

Bullard signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Hull in January 2009 but suffered a cruciate ligament injury on his debut against West Ham and did not return to action until October.

He missed another two months of the season following a knee injury picked up in December and played just 14 times, scoring four goals, as Hull were relegated.



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