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Wigan express interest in Bullard

last updated Wednesday 23rd July 2008, 10:23 AM
Jimmy Bullard
Jimmy Bullard
Steve Bruce may bring fans' favourite Jimmy Bullard back to Latics.

The Wigan boss has expressed an interest in the midfielder who left the JJB Stadium to join Fulham two years ago.

Whether the 29-year-old Londoner can be tempted north is another matter, but Bruce is a big admirer of Bullard's talents and is keen to see if a deal can be struck.

News of Latics' pursuit leaked out in London last night, even though there haven't been any formal talks or approaches at this stage.

Fulham would be reluctant sellers as Bullard helped rescue them from relegation last season following his return from a knee ligament injury, which kept him out of the game for 16 months.

But the Cottagers have been spending heavily in the close season and are favourites to land Andy Johnson from Everton, a player Latics also have had an interest in.

So they could be tempted by a big bid, and there has been talk of a £6m price tag.

Bruce has already tried to strengthen his midfield during the summer with a move for Honduras international Hendry Thomas, but that fell through after he was refused a work permit, while Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole has also been a target.

Bullard joined Latics from Peterborough in January 2003 for £275,000, going on to make 157 appearances and featuring in two promotion campaigns.

At the end of the club's first season in the Premier League, he opted to move to Fulham in a £2.5m deal, citing a desire to be closer to his parents who lived in London.

The Bullard speculation emerged on the day Latics finally wrapped up the signing of Amr Zaki on a season-long loan from El Zamalek.

Bruce has been chasing the Egypt striker, 25, since receiving rave reviews about his performances at the African Nations Cup earlier this year.

Source Dave Seddon at WiganToday
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