Charlton manager responds when asked about signing West Ham's Josh Cullen

A general view of London Stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on August 18, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Josh Cullen is on loan at Charlton Athletic from Premier League side West Ham United and Lee Bowyer is impressed.

Josh Cullen of West Ham United arrives at the 'Silverstadt' Stadium ahead the friendly game between West Ham United and FSV Mainz 05 at Sportzentrum Schwaz on July 31, 2018 in Schwaz,...

What does the future hold for Josh Cullen at West Ham United? Does he even have a future at the London Stadium?

As things stand, it seems that Cullen would be better off away from West Ham. The 22-year-old has only made nine first-team appearances since making his debut in July 2015 and his contract is due to expire at the end of this season.

Cullen has, however, impressed since moving to London neighbours Charlton Athletic on loan. The Republic of Ireland U21 international has made five appearances, contributing two assists, and Addicks manager Lee Bowyer has made it clear that he would like Cullen to stay long-term.

 

“Obviously if they were interested in selling him then we would be interested in taking him,” former West Ham midfielder Bowyer told London News Online.

“He has definitely improved us. He is a very good player, for sure.”

Dublin , Ireland - 11 September 2018; Josh Cullen of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier Group 5 match between Republic of Ireland and Germany at...

With Cullen due to become a free agent next summer, January is West Ham’s last chance to make a profit on their academy graduate.

But, London News Online adds, wages could be an issue. Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has slashed the budget of late, meaning Bowyer was only able to bring in players on loan or for free in the summer.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal takes on Josh Cullen of West Ham during the match between West Ham United U23 and Arsenal U23 at London Stadium on August 24, 2018 in London, England.

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