Fulham have confirmed that they will sign Wigan midfielder Jimmy Bullard at the end of this season, for a fee believed to be £2.5m.

The London club moved quickly to sign Bullard, one of the stars of Wigan’s outstanding first campaign in the top flight, by activating a minimum-fee release clause in his current contract. Latics boss Paul Jewell did not want to lose one of his key players, but admitted he was powerless due to the terms of Bullard’s deal at the DW Stadium.

The former West Ham trainee has helped Wigan rise from League One to the Premiership under Jewell’s management and the Latics also reached this season’s League Cup final. The 27 year-old, who has scored four goals in 42 appearances this season, has signed a four-year contract with Fulham and will complete his move to Craven Cottage on May 8.