Bullard plans talks with Ipswich

Last updated : 26 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Hull City's record signing Jimmy Bullard is holding talks with Ipswich Town over a possible loan move, BBC Radio Humberside understands.Midfielder Bullard, 32, was set to meet on Wednesday with Ipswich manager Paul Jewell, who was his boss when they worked together at Wigan Athletic.

A permanent move to Portman Road is not believed to be an option because of the his wage demands.

Bullard, who Hull paid £5m for in 2009, is reportedly on £45,000 per week.

The former Fulham midfielder's stay at the KC Stadium has been a difficult one with several lengthy injury absences.

I'd much rather we played him, than see another club benefiting from him while we foot most of the bill


Having signed in January 2009, Bullard made his debut as a substitute in the Tigers' Premier League defeat at West Ham. However, he suffered a serious injury to his right knee that kept him on the sidelines for over eight months.

The Londoner did return to action on 6 October in reserve game against Bolton, with his Premier League return coming against former club Fulham on 19 October.

On 5 December 2009, Bullard suffered a further setback when a collision with then-Aston Villa midfielder James Milner saw him injure his left knee having only just been named the Premier League Player of the Month for November. That injury kept him out until February 2010.

Having turned down a summer move to Scottish Premier League side Celtic last summer, Bullard had to wait to be given his chance under new Hull boss Nigel Pearson with his first appearance of the season coming in the 2-0 win over Derby on 14 September.

However, he has made only eight appearances since that game and was left on the bench for Hull's last two league meetings with Barnsley and Reading.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport