Date: 8th May 2012 at 11:20am
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According to various media ‘reports’ recently Hayden Mullins had ‘pleaded’ with Reading to sign him permanently.

Some headlines have bordered on the ‘save me from my Pompey hell’ type thing, which in many ways I guess you can say is true but hey he has been paid – on the whole – and paid pretty well during his time with us, so it was/is hardly hell is/was it!

I do not blame him for wanting to extend his stay with his hometown club; he would wish to do this even more now that they are a premier league outfit again.

Gaining promotion is something that I felt would make it more likely that Mullins would make the permanent move but according to Trevor Birch, talking to The News today, there is ‘no indication’ from Reading they want this: ‘Reading have not indicated they want to take him.

‘There has been no bid or anything so that is very much in the mix.

‘I would say, for all intents and purposes, Mullins is coming back. Of course that may change, but at the moment I don’t get the impression it will.’

Mullins, in recent times, has – to be fair – done a decent job, and in league one could well look like a God, but the facts remain we simple cannot afford his wages so we need to offload him.

These wages ‘might’ be the stumbling block for Reading perhaps?

Even if we gave him a free transfer Reading would still have to match his wages, maybe drop them slightly but with him on – I would guess – at least £20,000 (probably more because remember he was a premier league player signing and we all know how well they got paid!) this is, from what I understand from a Reading supporting mate I have, still some £4,000-£5,000 above Reading’s current salary cap?

With all due respect to Mullins fingers crossed a deal can be agreed with Reading and his wages are removed from our wage bill…

Of the other loanees that went out I would be surprised if Liam Lawrence, who has featured regularly since he went out on loan, made the permanent move to Cardiff?

Yep, perhaps the guy has done well but with them failing to gain promotion to the premier league, having lost out in their play-off semi final with West Ham, even if he too was let go on a free transfer I am far from convinced that Cardiff would match his wages, around £20,000 per week either…

I think that we can ‘fairly’ safely say that Erik Huseklepp will not be signing for Birmingham, even if they do go up?

He has hardly set the world alight at St Andrews, by all accounts, and the ‘rumours’ are that they are unlikely to take up the option to sign him – although a return to Norway with SK Brann could be a saviour to Pompey. Without a shadow of a doubt we would take a loss, and quite a hefty one at that, on our outlay for him less than a year ago but if it gets his wages off the wage bill too, so be it.

Also, again with all due respect to The Viking, whilst he had that ability to change a game he was too inconsistent for my liking and too lightweight – league one will be even more physical than the championship and we could not carry any passengers.

The only loanee that looks like he will join the club he joined on loan is Stephen Henderson.

Once West Ham’s future, be that a premier league or still championship side, is sorted out his transfer to Upton Park will go through – I would guess, at best, we will get an extra couple of hundred thousand on top of the loan fee The Hammers already paid…if we are lucky!

I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed by these loan moves, I was under the impression that virtually all were done with a small down-payment on the understanding that they would be made permanent transfers this summer?

Clearly not, they were merely regulation loan moves that just trimmed the wage bill temporarily – I wonder if we actually did pay some of the wages too…

As for players out of contract Appy has, recently, warned Jamie Ashdown and Rocha John Rocha that if they are to have any chance of returning next season they will have to ‘significantly’ drop their wages…

Paddy has not always been a favourite of mine, if I am honest, but I think – on the whole – he came back in and did a good job at the tail end of last season.

On the ‘right money’ I think we could do a lot worse to be honest, but would also think – provided that Appy is able to make his moves in time – a decent goalkeeper of league one standard, on realistic league one money, could be found if needs be…

I get this feeling that RJR would take the pay cut needed to stay for another year or two?

Perhaps I am wrong, but I seem to recall that when his last contract ended the only reason that he did not re-sign instantly was down to his agent at the time – I also believe that he waited for this agents deal to end then negotiated his own contract to re-sign with Pompey.

On that basis I ‘think’ he may well accept a significant pay-cut to stay.

Then again, as much as something between £3,000-£5,000 p/w – which is the most we should be paying out as a league one side – would be awesome money to most of us, to be fair to footballers they too ‘live to their means’ so even though you can argue £12,500-£30,000 or so p/w for many years should see plenty stashed away they may still have a lavish lifestyle to lead so if they can get more elsewhere they may take it…

My guess is that both are on, at least, £12,500 each p/w, can/will they drop it enough?

Only time will tell!

With Millwall signing Maik ‘Scummer’ Taylor on a permanent contract recently I cannot see them in the market for Paddy again and whilst RJR has been fantastic for us at his age not too many could be lining up for him, but maybe a return to Portugal would appeal to him in the twilight of his career…


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