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Mar. 07, 2010 - United Kingdom - Football - Everton v Hull City Barclays Premier League - Goodison Park - 7/3/10..Hull's Jimmy Bullard.

Hull City playmaker Jimmy Bullard looks set to join Celtic this summer on a season-long loan deal after the SPL giants were given permission to speak to him about a potential move.

Speculation has been mounting for weeks about the future of 31-year-old Bullard, after Hull were relegated from the Premier League.

Due to financial restraints the Tigers are now desperate to offload their high-earning performers, something that looks set to leave the door open for the Bhoys to make an approach.

“I have taken a call from Celtic asking about the possibility of taking Jimmy Bullard on a season-long loan,” Hull’s Head of Football Operations, Adam Pearson, told the Daily Express.

“We’ve told Celtic we’d be willing to let Jimmy go out on loan and it is now up to the player. Jimmy is currently away on holiday and will make his mind up when he returns next week.

“If Jimmy decides he wants to go to Celtic then we won’t stand in his way. He has to consider what he wants to do.

“We have had enquiries from other English clubs but nothing as concrete as Celtic’s interest. As things stand I would say Celtic would be favourites to sign Jimmy.”

Bullard, who lists Wigan Athletic and Fulham among his former employers, started only 14 times for Hull last season due to injury after his £5 million signing. (

The funniest man in football could well be on his way to Parkhead in a move that would clearly suit both the SPL club and the 31 year old midfielder. What is odd though is the idea that cash strapped Hull City would accept a loan offer rather than chasing a permanent deal.

Clearly the Championship is keen to remove an expensive wage from its balance sheet so would understandably appreciate the chance to loan the player out to Neil Lennon’s side but if the Glasgow side put in a decent offer to take Bullard on more than just a temporary basis then surely the Tigers would take that deal also.

The former Fulham and Wigan man could be a big hit north of the border and would give Celtic an added injection of ability to link midfield to attack and the chance to take part in a European campaign will probably appeal to the cheeky east Londoner.

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