Bullard open to Norwich City move
Ipswich Town’s player of the season Jimmy Bullard has admitted he would consider a move to Premier League new boys Norwich City this summer.
The 32-year-old Hull City player spent most of 2011 on loan at Portman Road – and impressed enough to pick up Town’s award for top performer in a campaign littered with disappointment.
Despite having two years remaining on his current deal Hull are keen to off-load their �5m record signing, who is reportedly earning �45,000 per week at the KC Stadium.
It remains to be seen whether those wages and Bullard’s situation would be appealing to Canaries boss Paul Lambert, who has openly stipulated his desire to sign players hungry to “put their shoulder to the wheel”. But during the weekend Bullard left the door open should a move – well speculated in the national press over recent weeks – come along.
“Norwich is a fantastic club and they have done brilliantly to get into the Premier League, so who knows?” Bullard told Sky’s SoccerAM. “I haven’t got an agent and I usually do things myself, which is quite difficult sometimes. Some of the managers don’t like confrontation and sometimes, when it comes to contracts I can be (confrontational).”
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Bullard said he had been unable to sort out his future at Hull with manager Nigel Pearson. He added: “I want to play some football somewhere. I wasn’t playing at Hull so to play some football next season will be top of my list. I’ve got two years left at Hull...I’ve tried to phone the manager, but everyone’s on holiday.”
QPR have also been linked with Bullard, who scored Ipswich’s consolation strike in the 5-1 East Anglian derby demolition by City at Portman Road in April. But Hull’s head of football operations Adam Pearson recently admitted the Tigers have yet to receive an inquiry over Bullard’s current situation. The former Peterborough midfielder, who turned out for City’s reserves while on trial at the turn of the millennium, played just 16 games for Ipswich – yet still picked up their player of the season award.
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“I couldn’t believe that,” added Bullard. “We went to a function and they called my name out, and I thought they were messing about.”