Hull City: Jimmy Bullard Set for the Tigers

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 22, 2009

Reports are circulating that Fulham's influential midfield playmaker Jimmy Bullard is set to sign for Fulham's Premiership rivals Hull City. It is undertood that Roy Hodgson, the Fulham boss, has accepted a £5,000,000 offer from the East Yorkshire club.

Fulham, who managed to keep hold of Bullard during the summer, seem resigned to the loss of Bullard who has made no secret of his wish to leave the Cottagers. The signing of Bullard would be a real coup for the Tigers, who recently lost the experienced midfielder George Boateng to a long term injury that could see him missing the best part of the rest of the Premiership campaign.

Bullard has been a target of other Premier League clubs such as Tottenham, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, and even Arsenal said to be interested, with Bolton failing to sign him during the summer as well, but are said to be still interested in him.

Bullard started his professional career with West Ham but didn't really make in roads into the West Ham first team. He took a step down the divisions and signed for Wigan were he became the Professional Football Association (PFA) Division Two Team of the Year for 2002–'03.

He went on to help Wigan scale the heights of promotion to the Premier Season in 2004/'05 and played in the 2006 League Cup final, losing to Manchester United.

In the summer of 2006, Bullard signed for Fulham with a fee of £2,500,000 and instantly became a fans' Favourite. Chris Coleman the Fulham boss hailed Bullard 'the best £2million we ever spent' after a 26-yard scream that leveled the scores against Sheffield United.

It was Bullard's cross to Danny Murphy on the final day of the season that saved Fulham from relegation to the Championship last season.