Football - Poyet eyes Premier pay-day

Brighton boss Gus Poyet admits the futures of Wayne Bridge and Matt Upson hinge on the club gaining promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

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The former England duo have played a major role in taking Brighton into the npower Championship play-offs since moving to the south coast on loan.

Left-back Bridge will be out of contract at Manchester City at the end of the season, as will Stoke centre-half Upson, but Poyet knows he will only be able to sign them permanently if Albion can pay top-flight wages.

"Being totally honest it is a matter of finances," he said.

"Everyone knows the financial difference, it's why the Football League and the FA wants the Championship play-off final to be the last game of the season, because it is the biggest prize.

"The difference for the team that goes up is so big that it will for sure influence it.

"If for some reason it goes wrong then they would have to make a big effort to stay here - more than us.

"It's a unique situation at the moment. The players have played fantastic knowing 10 of them are out of contract in the summer. It's strange to be at this moment in time with so many players out of contract."

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