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Mullins joins Portsmouth

Filed: Monday, 26th January 2009
By: Staff Writer

Hayden Mullins has joined the growing list of transfer window departures, joining Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

The defensive midfielder was West Ham's longest serving player but decided to move south after five years at the club once it was made clear that Gianfranco Zola was prepared to allow him to leave.

The fee is officially undisclosed but is thought to be worth around £2million to West Ham. Portsmouth's Peter Storrie confirmed the deal this morning saying:

"Hayden will add strength to our midfield. Central midfield was an area we needed to strengthen."

Storrie - who also confirmed the capture of Porto's Pele on loan for the rest of the season - added:

"Both players have been on our radar for some time. Tony [Adams] and I decided to move for Hayden on Saturday night. We got hold of West Ham on Sunday morning and I think they were a bit surprised that we wanted to get the deal done so quickly.

"Hayden's an experienced player who has played exceptionally well against us in the past. He’s a guy with immense experience in the Premier League, and that’s what we need in this situation.

“He wanted regular football because he has been in and out of the West Ham side. We’ve been very successful getting players in who have wanted regular football and then blossomed for us when they have been given it."

Exodus: who's left West Ham since the end of last season

Sold: John Paintsil (Fulham, £1m); Bobby Zamora (Fulham, £5.3m); Anton Ferdinand (Sunderland, £8m); George McCartney (Sunderland, £6m); Matthew Etherington (Stoke, £3m); Craig Bellamy (Man City £14m), Hayden Mullins (£2m). Total £39.3m.

Released: Freddie Ljungberg; Richard Wright; Nobby Solano.

Currently on loan: Jimmy Walker (Colchester Utd); Kyel Reid (Wolves); Lee Bowyer (Birmingham); Nigel Quashie (Wolves); Joe Widdowson (Grimsby Town).

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