Hibs look to have been given a boost in their bid to bring Scotland international Marc McNulty back to Easter Road after his Reading manager admitted the English club need to slash their wage budget.

McNulty spent the second half of the season with Hibs and impressed enough to win his first Scotland caps during a successful stint in Edinburgh.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 19: Mark McNulty (R) of Hibernian FC celebrates with the fans after his goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on May 19, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he’d like to keep Sparky around and Jose Gomes confirmed that the Royals are spending far too much on their bloated squad.

McNulty doesn’t appear to have any future at the Madejski Stadium so would likely be one of the first names on any list of departures – although whether Hibs can afford him is a different matter.

A permanent deal might be out of reach for Hibs, although with Reading seemingly desperate to free up funds, then he may have little option but to accept a pay cut elsewhere if he wants to play.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 19: Mark McNulty of Hibernian FC and family applaud the Hibernian support after the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on May 19, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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McNulty being a Hibee will count in Heckingbottom’s favour if they do indeed make a move to bring him back to Easter Road.

After eight goals and five assists for Hibs in seventeen appearances, it’s clear why Heckingbottom wants him back but getting a deal over the line may not be easy.

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