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Newcastle Reported To Be After Jimmy Bullard

There is news in the papers this morning that one of Newcastle’s top targets in the summer will be Jimmy Bullard of Hull City.

Jimmy Bullard – is he really a Newcastle target?

If Hull City do get relegated then it’s unlikely they will be able to keep Jimmy, who was at Fulham from 2006 until 2009.

And Bullard scored a penalty against his former club on Saturday to get a vital 2-0 win in new manager Iain Dowie’s  second game in charge.

In Dowie’s first game in charge they were 2-1 up at Portsmouth after 88 minutes only to lose that game 3-2. Iian was Alan Shearer’s assistant when he managed the Newcastle club for 8 games last year.

But Jimmy has had two very serious knee injuries in the last few years and seems somewhat injury prone, although his spirit and creative play would certainly add to Newcastle’s squad.

Bullard cost Hull City £5M nearly two years ago, and he would now be available for less than that, yet he has only managed eight starts in that time at Hull, due to a succession of long-term injuries.

The other thing that makes this signing unlikely would be Jimmy’s age which is 31 and Mike Ashley, the Newcastle owner has said he wants to sign players 26 or younger – so they have a longer future at Newcastle.

Jimmy has played at Gravesend & Northfleet, West Ham United, Peterborough United, Wigan Athletic, Fulham and Hull City during his career.

He played 145 time at Wigan with 10 goals, and 39 times at Fulham with 6 goals.

But we think the 5’11” tall London-born player is now too old for Newcastle.

What do you think – comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Mar 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    if we had paid a couple of mill for him id be delighted with the signing. maybe a swap for smith

  • komfort

    Mar 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    he likes to go toe-to-toe…sign him up for our fight club..

  • nightfa11

    Mar 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #3

    old, injured all the time, on huge wages, troublemaker.

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4


  • Aza9

    Mar 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Too injury prone, only started about 12 games for Hull since he signed. Crakin’ player though, creative and scores goals. A younger and fitter version would be great! Tom Cleverley/Joe Ledley for free anyone?

  • BT7MAG

    Mar 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t want him, but he is one of the funniest footballers i’ve ever come across, so I wouldn’t be THAT dissapointed if he came

  • newyutd

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Be a good signing but i think we should resign Jermaine Jenas….not playing much at Tottenham and he is only 27…just a year from the under 26 thing that Ashley wants to bring in….

  • gunnarnufc

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Injury prone and a troublemaker… also too old. Could be a nice fringe player but his wages would be too high for him to come here as a fringe player.

  • Viper

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    He is a funny character and decent footballer to boot. BUT have we not learned enough from Michael bloody ingry-prone Owen to not get anymore of similar ilk?
    On the cheap aye, but…
    On the lads!

  • Chris F

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #10

    never happen, pure paper talk.

    the club have said rep[eatedly that they are only looking at signing players with their best years ahead of them (ie under 26 or whatever)

    much as i like bullard as a character, he doesn’t fit into that model and as has been said already, he’s already got one foot in the knackers yard.

    cracking player on his day, but i just don’t think he’s got many of them left ahead of him for it to be a worthwhile move.


    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    knee problems never go away. no thanks is right

  • singamagpie

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #12

    He will be 35 by the time the next World Cup comes around, if he’s not careful.

  • Tramp

    Mar 29, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    Jimmy is one of the most down to earth professional players in the game… Not ruined by fame or money.
    I would pay him myself to just come in and train with the younger lads so they can simply learn from his professionalism and love for what he does.
    Maybe with that, we would have less boxing matches on the turf.
    On a serious note, he is just too old, he would have been a good buy if we were to be in the Championship, but at Prem level he just hasn’t got the legs he used to.
    Much respect to the man though. Players can really learn a lot from the way he has carried himself throughout his career.

  • iain

    Mar 29, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #14

    chris f is right look at what the club said for once !!!

    we all seem to get on there backs about them saying nothing then when something is said like we probably wont be signing players over 26 yrs old from now on we just ignore it and help fan the sort of speculation that just ends up making us look stupid…

    bullard is old, unfit and overpaid for a player of his ability the only way he fits into newcastle plans should be as a reminder of the type of player we should never sign again !!!

    regardless of how good he is how good a lad he is, his body is blatantly ever so slowly crapping out on him like mickey owens is and given our past record with injuries we dont need another sicknote.

  • chuck

    Mar 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #15

    What do i think ?
    Are you serious ?
    A30 y/o. sick note ?
    No thanks, cant believe you are serious !

  • BeeGuy

    Mar 29, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Bullards agent is trying to drum up some interest!
    I’d rather have Ropbie Savage if we were bringing in old men.

    As soon as NUFC is promoted, why not try to find a US MLS club for NIle Ranger so he can get in the playing time he needs to move into the NUFC line-up. I can’t help but think a Ranger/Carroll front line would be a handful for any team in Europe to try to cope with.

  • seetow1

    Mar 29, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #17

    he has some bad memories of newcastle though. remember scott parker breaking his leg?

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    i think this would be a very bad move for us. If we are looking for anybody off that squad it should be Jozy altidore. the young american international striker is getting better each game and gave fulham defenders fits saturday. In a span of about 15 minutes, he won a spot kick and what should have been a red card for the defender who brought him down, and 3 yellow cards in a row on fulham defenders because they couldn’t contain him. I beg newvastle to get this lad

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 29, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #19

    all been said. good player but too old, too injured and too high wages. Sgt heagerty – good call on Altidore.

  • Bao Zheng

    Mar 30, 2010 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Bad idea.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #21

    One word answer: NO!

  • Phil K

    Jul 19, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    Injury problem.
    Wages way beyond his limited ability
    On half his wages, and a pay-by-game contract, MAYBE.


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