Irons midfielder may be set for move across London

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is likely to move in on Hammers fringe midfielder Josh Cullen during the last couple of weeks of the window.

Bowyer has made no secret of his admiration for the player who was a serious part of the Addicks’ rise into the Championship at the expense of Sunderland.

And having been left out of the first Asia Cup game against Manchester City on Wednesday, it begins to look likely that boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to allow the player to move on if he gets the right offer.

It remains to be seen whether the 23 year old will get a chance to impress against Newcastle in tomorrow’s third place play off game in China.

But thus far he has remained very much the fringe squad player he was before the manager decided he would be better off going out on loan last season.

The major issue for the Irons will be the fee as Charlton have well known cash problems and are unlikely to be able to offer more than £1 million, if that, for the player.

A Hammers source told us by e mail: “We are ready to look at all offers for players on the fringes of the squad and it will be the manager of course making those decisions.” 



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10 comments on “Irons midfielder may be set for move across London

  1. Good luck to Josh Cullen if he moves on. Any idea if we’ll be able to meet our requirements for ‘home-grown’ players if Cullen and possibly Hugill leave?

    • I don’t think the home grown thing is that big of an issue. It just means you can’t name as many in your squad. I heard Man City only had 4 home grown last season and so only submitted a 21 man squad instead of 25. When you consider we were making up numbers with players like Moses Makasi, what’s the point in naming players in a squad who won’t ever play?

    • There is no such thing as a “home-grown requirement”. There is a limit on the number of foreign-trained players that can be registered in the squad.

  2. I think Cullen would be a very good Championship player and I wouldn’t let him go for 1m. I’d want 3-4m. If Charlton can’t afford him then find a club that can. What did Slav think of him when he was here?

    The guy is on the fringes of the Irish first team squad. In today’s transfer fees, under 5m is cheap.

  3. Be a fantastic signing for Charlton but can’t see us getting him because we won’t be able to afford him !

  4. A loan would be the best for all parties..

  5. Lee Bowyer would continue Josh’s improvement towards becoming the finished article. He’s not there yet. Done it in Division 1, next step Championship.

    • I’d prefer to loan him rather than sell as I still think he wants to play for us and I don’t think we’ll get much money. He hasn’t had a chance to prove his quality apart from in League One (which he did several times) but a loan at Championship level would be a real measure of what he can do. I think he may have had a brief stint at Bolton but Bowyer seems to really believe in him so perhaps another loan to Charlton would be good for all parties.

    • Let him go out on loan again to Chalton and see how he copes in the Championship then I am sure Pellergrini will make that all important decision as to if he thinks he can cut it in the prem and don’t give our talent away for next to nothing ie Quina

  6. I’ll miss Cullen I like him & he did well for Bowyer we need to bring in cover first imo bc is better then Sanchez in mid. Obaing to Sassoulo hopefully come for €8m. Forget Pahlinha finally linked w Chilean I’ve been on about. Thanks Husillos I like your list Fornals Haller & Pulgar now not Medel or Angaruiz. Neck tattoo time but seriously Pulgar at 25 is great buy & only has €10m buyout clause 6 goals & 2 assist for Bologna they will lose either way the PL & MP should persuade him over Roma. Low wages & well rounded 6’2 enforcer mobile breaks play w tackles blocks vision & moves play w range of passing then a threat from set pieces scored 2 dead ball goals & from range open play plus in box from set pieces has a bullet header saw in Copa. Huge upgrade on Obiang who wants move, Him & Rice would add needed protection then he would help move play & chip in goals too.
    Can also cover CB of needed.

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