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Wigan are keen on an audacious bid to bring former favourite Jimmy Bullard back to the JJB Stadium.

Steve Bruce is interested in re-signing the creative midfielder, who left to join Fulham two years ago. The Latics interest in a sensational swoop for the 29 year-old emerged last night, but it appears more of an aspiration at this stage as Wigan have not made a formal approach for Bullard.

Fulham quickly dismissed tabloid suggests that Roy Hodgson was open to selling Bullard earlier this month after the midfielder had marked his comeback from sixteen months on the sidelines by playing a pivotal role in their remarkable escape from relegation. The player himself is eager to open talks with Fulham over a new contract, but has publicly said that he will not be leaving Craven Cottage after the club’s support with his rehabilitation from a horrific knee injury.

Hodgson has substantially rebuild his squad ahead of his first full season in charge in an attempt to avoid another relegation battle and is looking to land Everton striker Andy Johnson, who also appeared on Bruce’s own shortlist this season.

Bullard joined the Latics from Peterborough in January 2003 for £275,000, going on to make 157 appearances and featuring in two promotion campaigns. Having starred in Wigan’s debut Premier League campaign, he opted to sign for Fulham in a £2.5m, stressing that he wanted to be closer to his elderly parents, who live in London.

The Bullard speculation emerged on the day Latics finally wrapped up the signing of Amr Zaki on a season-long loan from El Zamalek.

Bruce has been chasing the Egypt striker, 25, since receiving rave reviews about his performances at the African Nations Cup earlier this year.