It was reported by the Daily Mail earlier this month that Leeds United are one of the teams interested in signing Josh Cullen from West Ham United this summer.
Cullen is attracting attention after a superb loan spell with the Whites’ Championship rivals Charlton Athletic.
The Daily Mail reported that the 23-year-old’s contract at the London Stadium expires in 2021. So his admirers may have hoped that a summer sale could have been on the cards if he made it clear that he was not planning to sign a new deal with the Hammers.
Cullen has, so far, only made a handful of appearances for West Ham’s first-team. So you could understand if he was tempted to consider his options.
If his path is blocked heading into next season, then a move away may appeal.
The Daily Star recently reported however, that David Moyes is looking to hand the Leeds target a chance next season.
Nevertheless, with Declan Rice and Mark Noble forming a solid partnership in the middle of the park, the Championship leaders may have been hoping that Cullen may be looking for greater assurances before making a decision on his future.
Moyes may be a fan of Cullen. But the ball still remains somewhat in Cullen’s court if he does not receive the game-time assurances he is looking for due to his contract situation.
Could Lampard throw spanner in works for Leeds?
However, those assurances Cullen may be looking for will arguably be a lot easier to provide if one of the current first-team stars leaves this summer.
And that is why Sky Sports’s report on Monday suggesting that Chelsea want Rice this summer may put a further dent in Leeds’s hopes of signing Cullen.
Should Rice leave this summer, Cullen will find himself in a fantastic position. And he will have much less reason to consider a move away.
So Leeds may now not only have to keep an eye on Cullen’s situation upon his return. But they may also need to follow what happens with Frank Lampard’s interest in Rice as it could have significant implications for their hopes of landing the youngster.