Fulham are opening to selling talismanic midfielder Jimmy Bullard according to the Sun – and Aston Villa and West Ham are at the front of the queue for his services.

Villa and the Hammers are among a number of top flight suitors who have been alerted to Bullard’s availability as Roy Hodgson seeks to reshape his squad for next season after leading Fulham to miraculous escape from relegation against all the odds. Bullard returned from a serious knee injury to play a pivotal role in the Whites’ great escape and his departure – especially for a rumoured £3m – would go down badly amongst the Craven Cottage faithful, for whom he’s quickly become a cult hero.

The tabloid suggests that Hodgson is unconvinced that the mercurial Bullard can be moulded to play in his preferred system and that lingering doubts over the 29 year-old’s fitness remains. The Fulham manager has been heavily linked with a number of midfield reinforcements in the early weeks of the close season, including longstanding target Paul Scharner from Wigan and the Hungarian international Zoltan Gera, who looks set to leave West Brom.