Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has had his say on speculation linking on-loan midfielder Josh Cullen with a move to Charlton in January.
Cullen joined the League 1 side on loan from Premier League outfit West Ham United, which is Cullen’s third loan move in his career.
The youngster has made a positive start to life at the Valley, with five starts to his name and two assists already this season. If Cullen continues his good start to life at Charlton then he has the potential to a be a real coup for Bowyer’s side.
Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer revealed that he would be interested in signing the West Ham youngster on a permanent basis.
‘Obviously, if they were interested in selling him then we would be interested in taking him,’ said Bowyer.
‘He has definitely improved us. He is a very good player, for sure.’
When questioned on whether the 22-year-old is a realistic signing for Bowyer’s side, the former West Ham and Leeds midfielder admitted that Cullen’s wage demands could be an issue in potential negotiations.
‘I don’t really know but all I can say is the owner, in the past, has said the young ones are assets.
‘The problem we would probably have would be his wages. That could be a problem – we’ve got a budget. But maybe the owner or the new people, if they come in, might find it doable.’
Bowyer will be hoping for a positive performance from Cullen as his side host 3rd placed Barnsley at the weekend.
Cullen has already given Charlton fans a glimpse of his potential with two assists to his name and if he can make the most of his regular game time, then he would prove to be a real asset to Lee Bowyer’s side.
With the youngster seemingly not part of West Ham’s plans going forward, he will be keen to ‘start over’ and get regular minutes in League 1, and if he impresses this season, then Championship clubs could come calling for the 22-year-old.