Report: West Ham knock back Josh Cullen interest from Blackburn and Preston

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts during the pre-season friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and West Ham United at Adams Park on July 14, 2018 in High Wycombe, England.

Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End are among the clubs credited with interest in the West Ham United midfielder.

Josh Cullen of West Ham United  during the Betway Cup match between West Ham Utd and SV Werder Bremen at Boleyn Ground on August 2, 2015 in London, England.

West Ham United have 'knocked back' Josh Cullen interest from clubs including Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End, according to Sky Sports (liveblog entry 09:36).

Cullen has impressed in temporary spells at Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers over the past three campaigns, and is also said to have caught the eye of new boss Manuel Pellegrini in West Ham training.

And it is claimed the Chilean plans to involve the midfielder in his plans for the coming campaign, to the disappointment of Blackburn, Preston and others.

West Ham recently added Jack Wilshere to their options in Cullen's position, although speculation continues to surround the futures of Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate at the London Stadium.

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And having also strengthened in the 22-year-old's position, neither Blackburn (Joe Rothwell and Jacob Davenport) nor Preston (Ryan Ledson) should be too concerned by West Ham's stance.

Are West Ham right to deny Cullen a move to Blackburn or Preston?

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts during the pre-season friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and West Ham United at Adams Park on July 14, 2018 in High Wycombe, England.

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