West Ham have confirmed that Josh Cullen has been sent out on loan to Charlton Athletic.
This will be Cullen’s second season in a row at The Valley, after helping them earn promotion to the Championship through the play-offs last season.
The 23-year-old’s contract with the Hammers will come to an end in the summer of 2020.
This will be Cullen’s fifth loan spell in total, having previously had two loans at Bradford City, one with Bolton Wanderers and the aforementioned time at Charlton last season, as per Transfermarkt.
He was an influential figure for The Addicks last time around, playing 32 games across all competitions, scoring one goal and assisting six.
It was even Cullen’s cross in the dying moments against Sunderland which eventually led to Patrick Bauer’s 94th-minute goal, which secured the club’s place in the Championship for this season.
Having captained Republic of Ireland at U21 level, Cullen’s performances throughout the campaign were enough to convince Mick McCarthy to call him up to the senior squad for the European qualifiers, though he hasn’t yet made it onto the pitch for his country.
It is a shame that Cullen hasn’t been given the opportunity to show Manuel Pellegrini what he can do over a season to try to force his way into the team.
With his contract expiring next summer, this loan move is not the best sign for his prospects as a West Ham player.
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