London rivals Queens Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic are set for a transfer tussle over West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen.
According to South London Press, Addicks boss Lee Bowyer is desperate to bring the midfielder back to the Valley after a successful loan spell.
But the report says that Mark Warburton’s QPR are the front-runners to sign the 23-year-old at present, and believe he could do a job in the Championship next season.
It looks as if Cullen will be staying in London regardless this summer, but it depends whether Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep him around for 2019/20.
Cullen has an immense amount of ability but has so far failed to push himself into West Ham’s senior plans – despite the fact they look a bit short in the engine room and Pellegrini has tried to sign midfielders in both summers he’s been in the job.
At 23, the time is coming for Cullen to either push on or be shipped out – but he deserves a chance in pre-season to prove himself.
That’s because he has great talent and really made the most of his Charlton loan spell last season. The Hammers fans would likely love another academy graduate to force his way into the side and solve a problem position, just like Declan Rice has done.