Date: 27th January 2011 at 12:10pm
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Ipswich Town have officially confirmed the loan signing of Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard until the end of the season.

32-year-old Bullard arrives at Portman Road to be reunited with Ipswich manager Paul Jewell. The pair previously worked together at Wigan Athletic, where the new Town boss signed the midfielder from Peterborough United in 2003. Having helped the Latics gain promotion to the Premier League (at Town’s expense) in 2005, Bullard subsequently had an injury-hit spell at Fulham before becoming Hull’s record signing for £5 million in 2009. However, having struggled to hold down a first team place with the Tigers due to further serious injury setbacks, the former West Ham United man has come to Ipswich to regain his fitness.

Rumours about Town’s interest in Bullard first emerged last week, though there had been some concerns as to whether the Blues could afford the player’s wages. A potential move to Cetlic supposedly broke down last summer over Bullard’s wage demands, with the midfielder thought to be earning around £45,000 per week at the KC Stadium. However, reports suggest that Ipswich will only pay a small portion of that sum during his loan spell at Portman Road.

Bullard could well be one of several signings at Ipswich before the January transfer window closes, with Luton Town midfielder Andy Drury and Swindon Town striker Charlie Austin both linked in the past few days. However, Jewell has also not ruled out the possiblity of players leaving Portman Road ahead of next week’s deadline.

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