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Bullard price too rich for Ipswich boss Jewell

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell was keen to make Jimmy Bullard's loan arrangement with Hull permanent but has failed to agree financial terms. The Tigers want the 32-year-old off their wage bill but a move to Portman Road is now dead in the water.

But Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk: "The owners there are not prepared to let Jimmy go out on loan unless there's a huge contribution to his wages.

"It's a deal we'd both like to do but if it's a messy deal financially you just can't do it.

"Jimmy was great for us and I think we were good to Jimmy. But finances speak at the end of the day. Jimmy's on a fantastic contract there, he's on a top Premier League contract, everybody knows that.

"He probably won't play here again. That's not through a lack of ambition, it's just through being realistic - we can't pay the money Hull and Jimmy are looking for. Jimmy's got two years left on a huge deal and after hours of negotiations it's not going to happen."

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