Would Kinnear Be Interested In Jimmy Bullard?

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was interviewed on Sky Sports today, and said there is a possibility Jimmy Bullard could be allowed to move on in January, if a club meets the fee they want for the player.


Jimmy Bullard – available in January for the right fee

Jimmy’s contract runs out in the summer and he’s resisted re-signing for Fulham in the hopes of getting a better contract at Fulham or some other club.

Bullard has been playing well for Fulham, and we wonder if Joe Kinnear would be interested in the player.

Hodgson cannot expect to get much for him since Bullard will be available for nothing in the summer,  and he will surely get lots of offers at that time.

If a club wants to nail him down before the summer scramble, then they will need to pay some money for him, but we cannot believe it would take more than £2M to £3M to sign him next month, if that.

It seems like Bullard could be  a Joe Kinnear type player, as he plays with plenty of spirit and is a decent player in the middle of the park, and he’s proved himself in the Premier League.

The 29 year-old was at Wigan Athletic until 2006, where he played 145 times with 10 goals, before moving to Craven Cottage.

Joe may be able to get better value outside the UK however, and we’ll have to wait and see if  Joe is interested at all in the 5’11” tall  Newham, England born midfielder.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • always keegan

    Dec 19, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #1

    i would have bullard and guthrie or barton good midfield does anyone else here fancy Elano

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Of course he’d be interested, Bullard is a quality player that APPEARS available.

    However, a lot seem to be missing the FACTs.

    He will NOT move north of Watford, he moved from Wigan for family reasons and to be closer to his sick father.

    He is a Londoner and that is where he wants to stay.

  • Little Willie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #3

    He’s got 18 months left on his contract as far as I’m aware.

    If the deal was right I think he would come here.

  • ACD

    Dec 19, 2008 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Elano is crap, he had a good start to last season and has went steadily down hill since then! Another big time charlie who struts about the pitch thinking he’s better than he is!

    Bullard however is a very good player, works hard and earns his wages. Dead ball specialist as well which would help!

    however, he’s 29 and i dont think we will go for a 29 year old.

  • RobbyBobson

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #5

    I would have Bullard. Add to the competition but not as a immediate starter.

    Elano is a quality player and you have got to feel with Martins and Owen (fingers crossed) he would really shine. Is an outside shot as he doesnt seem to get along with Hughes but i dont think he will levae city for us and hes outa our price range.

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #6

    He can take a good free kick, thats something we need atm…

  • Little Willie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Elano looked good because he didn’t play in a 4-4-2, he had a free role off the striker.

  • Danny Kay

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I work in the highest profile department store in London (owned by a certain Egyptian gentleman), and spent an hour with Bullard buying christmas presents two days ago; i asked him if he would be interested in us, and he said he’s happy and Fulham and wants a new contract. Not that that’s the most concrete evidence on a transfer I know, but thought he seemed genuine.

    Butters wife as well, wouldn’t fit in with wor geordie lasses.

  • charlie

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #9

    I said on another post, yes yes yes bullard would be a steal creative, prem experience and english. Plus he could probably provide a good corner or set piece which has been sadly lacking all season !!!

  • G

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    He will go to Pompey.



    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Would rather prefer to keep that fantastic youth policy we implemented…go and get moussa sissoko instead! Would make more sence

  • chuck

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #12

    No,No, No, not Bullard please.
    Just cause he made a couple of free kicks is it ?
    Guys not that good, no motor, not a midfield engine room or a creator, a mediocrity and anyone who thinks otherwise knows jack.
    Appiah a free agent, a much better buy, even the youngster Sissoko, could be another Bassong.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Mehmet Topal

  • chuck

    Dec 19, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #14

    If it pleases you then Mehmed Topal, anyone but Bullard.

  • Doocey

    Dec 19, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Don’t want him, get in someone like Axel Witsel or Diego Buonanotte.
    Been watching Buonanotte for the last three years in Argentina and am glad to see his progress, even more glad to see us being linked with him =D
    We don’t need Bullard, get in a creative midfielder alright but not of that age and size

  • Thomas

    Dec 19, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Hope not. Bullard’s just average and going to turn 30 soon, so definitely not what we need if we are to look towards the future.

  • Prandom

    Dec 19, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Take him, 2 year contract.
    He was in the England squad for a reason.
    Although I don’t rate him as the Engine room for Fulham (Murphy IMO) I think he would make a great addition. He is strong and possess the spirit of smith. He has some class and strikes the ball fantastically.

    Wouldn’t be gutted if he didn’t come.This is because I agree with the comments about sticking to our youth system, which seems to be going well.

    Just opinions really

  • O'Hurley

    Dec 19, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #18

    So I’ve been trying to read up a bit on Sissoko. Can’t find much info other than a helpful wikipedia article. Is this guy really that good? Looks like he doesn’t have much in the way of experience. He does look kinda like Bassong, though… haha. Really think he’s worth a go in the EPL?

  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 19, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #19

    O’Hurley, I am going to watch him this weekend against Nice 🙂 , will report back!

  • tino97

    Dec 19, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #20

    I think its been mentioned before. The lad wants to be down south for family reasons. Not much chance of him coming! Plus, I believe his wages are the stumbling block with Fulham. Surely that would be the same with us! Is he the sort player Newcastle goes for now! We seemed to be looking for younger players!

  • mikeygd

    Dec 19, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #21

    i would welcome this signing but he does have 1yr and a half left on his contract , would be nice to have someone in the team who can score free kicks and change games

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 19, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #22

    For the ‘right’ price Bullard would be a cracking signing.

    It appears he now in his prime and we would get his best years if he came.

    29 is not old, the lad could still have another 4 good years in him.

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 19, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Interesting comments from Joe in The Times, regarding Barton’s injury.

    He states he may be out until March, as the injury is worse than first thought.

    Joe is quoted as saying we are now looking for a central midfielder………..come in Jimmy Bullard

  • Rob

    Dec 19, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Bullard is a little like Guthrie in my opinion, I would be looking at a stronger taller bigger player with more presence, need to add some height to the team for set pieces at both ends. Some on in the Diop mould would do for me

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Mehmet Topal, simple as that.

    Joe kinnear, Mike Ashley, Dennis Wise, you know what to do.


  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 19, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom_Toon, doubt they will sign Topal. Maybe Gopal, my Indian neighbour. Gopal makes fantastic home-made curry.

  • Hal

    Dec 19, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Just happened to be looking back at a not too distant toon midfield line up… …Robert… …Speed… …Dyer… … Solano…. At nearly 30 Bullard doesn’t even come close. What has Bullard done this season ? Dont seem to recall his name metioned much on Match of the Day. If money is tight have a look in the championship, after all thats where Andy Cole, Rob Lee, Scott Sellers etc etc cut their teeth. Rather take someone like Seb Larsson or buy a reliable left back and play N’Zogbia in midfield. Sorry ….. thats too sensible…..

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 19, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Topal makes a supreme kebab.

  • John

    Dec 20, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #29

    tom toon- stop talkin as if u know where jimmy bullard wud and wudnt move – U DONT!!! and stop talkin as if because u lyk mehmet topal he is the be all and end all of midfieilders that we need, u think cos u lyk a player that if we buy him we will be sorted and thats that cos ur a ‘super scout’ (well on football manager you are anyway), simple fact is most of the players you recommend are nobodies and NEVER will be, you come here and recommend a different player in each postion every month and say hes hte next big thing, how many of them actually make an impact??? let me tell you how many – NOT MANY

  • Nick 69

    Dec 20, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #30

    dont know if joe kinnear would take him( prbly too attacking for him in MF) but id snap fulhams hands off for bullard personally!!!!!!

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 20, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #31

    I’ll sum this up for everyone.

    For under £4million, Bullard would be a good buy. He loves London, but then again money talks.

    We don’t have a ‘youth policy’… Kinnear admitted he went for Riise (how old is he people?)… it’s all down to whether a player is good or not, it’s down to Wise to bring in the youngsters.

  • browny

    Dec 20, 2008 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #32

    January transfer window:


    New contracts:

    = very good month of business.

  • dacvid toon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #33

    he,s a must have.we,ll get atleast 3-4 years out of him.just the guy we need.he,s 29,but thats still young.so many guys can play into there mid 30s its staggering.(scholes) sign him up asap

  • ginkoh

    Dec 20, 2008 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #34

    He will be good squad player for us and make manager do easier job too especially for us now.

  • Tripp

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Would Topal leave Galatasaray to come to the Toon? Seems highly unlikely, but he’s a good player. I wonder what kinda wages he’s on there.

  • brutooooon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #36

    yes to bullard, only if guthrie play as DM.

    kick butt out

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 20, 2008 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #37

    Bullard left Wigan for Fulham as he wanted to be back in the south beside his parents. that was thenn; things have changed and Bullard is looking for the final big-money contract to end his career.

    In my opinion; sign him, he’s a PL experienced central midfield player; i.e. a position we need more quality players.

    Bullard will actually improve our first team for the next 2+ season and won’t break the bank….

  • AO

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Would Bullard consider newcastle or what he see it as a sideways step? I reckon he will end up at west ham. Unfortunatly i think he is the type of workhorse that bent arry will be after.

  • Ericles

    Dec 20, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #39

    Bullard may be a useful addition but, Tom Toon, do you really mean Ashley and Wise may know what to do? I think Uncle Joe may know what he is doing though. Certainly think he is wiser than Wise! One of my ancestors was a Wise from the Chelsea area – oh shite!

  • COLO

    Dec 20, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #40

    Sotiris Ninis is so much better.


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