Reading Linked With Bullard Move Monday, 20th Feb 2012 23:20
Reading are being linked with a loan move for Town midfielder Jimmy Bullard. The Royals reportedly want to land the 33-year-old before their weekend game at Middlesbrough.
Bullard, who joined the Blues on a two-year deal after having his contract terminated by Hull last summer, hasn’t started a game since the 4-0 defeat at Burnley in November.
With Andy Drury and Luke Hyam currently in the team, skipper Grant Leadbitter waiting in the wings, Lee Bowyer fit after his groin injury and Ryan Stevenson signed from Hearts in January, Town may be open to loaning Bullard, who is believed to be the club’s highest earner on a reported £18,000-a-week.
Meanwhile, Reading boss Brian McDermott is also reported to be in talks with Wolves regarding the vacant manager's job at Molineux.
^^^ funniest 5 words i've heard in a long time. Cannot let him go, he just lifts the whole team, surely he won't want to leave anyway, him celebrating our 3rd goal was absolutely quality, loan out fecking ledlegs. I would pay him 18,000 a week just to bring some morale.
Get shot of him, free his wages up and put it towards young hyam and smith getting a decent wage and contract. He's not interested in this club, got what he wanted and is now taking the piss. Far to much money to pay a club clown.
Bad move if this happens. He's good for morale about the place and a good teacher to have for the younger lads. As he proved when on loan here he is a game changer, and we might need that over the rest of the season. Leadboots can go tho . . . . .
If Reading wants him, let them buy him! Time to stop this loaning rot, right across to board! (and that goes for ITFC). Buy Murphy now, let Reading have their 3rd choice keeper back, if we need back up, let it come from the Res/Academy.
I would extremely upset if he goes! he's a great role model to the likes of hyam and drury and wouldn't be surprised if that's why they are playing so well. He's an extremely good player with a great spirit, why when we've gota great spirit are we looking to change. If he goes i bet some of those players will be upset and could change the whole mood of the camp and especially giving them a rival team! why on earth would we even be considering this. i'd pay him myself for putting smiles on thousands of people! all round top guy.
Thanks but no thanks Reading....would not be a good move to let him go. The things he brings to the table off the field as well as on it are vitally important to the morale and spirit of the team....do not break any of it up when we're doing so well
Ha! Any Towen fan thinking he's overrated or a primadonna must have a very short memory...he kept us in the division last year!!
No way go to Reading. Loads to offer. A good player with bags of character to add to the team. Agreed he's chomping at the bit and if Martin or Drury ever went off the boil he's the perfect addition from the bench.
Like to see Stevenson on the bench instead of Leadbitter. Think Bowyer might have made his last appearance for Towen,
The most gifted player to have worn the ITFC in many, many years, a game changer, a character within the club, great for morale, head & shoulders above, still premier league standard, a class act, simple as that.
The question is, what's happened? It's amazing that he hasn't been playing and one can't help feeling that there's more to this than a mysterious illness.
If he isn't going to be selected, then let him go, but there better be a bloody good reason for doing so, as this league simply does not possess players of his quality.
sorry folks, but the future aint Bullard. like too many players in our squad he's too old and too slow for this league. yes i know his brain is quick and he has the experience but we're on a better path now.
We want 5 out of the top 6 to keep taking points off everyone bar us. Let Reading have Jimmy on a short loan with an immediate recall if needed. It will help the wage bill, get Jimmy match sharp and be a handful for all of Reading's opponents. No problem!
This 18 grand a week figure being bandied about. Is that flat basic or the whole package including stuff like appearence money and win bonuses etc? Yes it does seem a lot but knowing how stingy Town seem to be for personal terms he must be here to stay for a reason. On the face of it, it looks crazy to loan him out to someone then..
It looks like we're not going up and we're not going down, and it seems madness to pay someone £18K a week (if true) to sit on the substitute's bench. Bullard was fantastic last season for us, but this year he has been a huge disappointment. If Reading were willing to take on his wages and maybe a small loan fee then I would let him go there. £18K for three months is over £200K and that could buy us a decent young player for the future.