Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has told the South London Press that he wants to bring West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen in on a permanent deal, when his loan deal at The Valley comes to an end.

However, despite the fact he is keen to bring Josh Cullen in permanently, Lee Bowyer acknowledges that the midfielder’s wages could be a stumbling block to the deal.

The West Ham United youngster has made six appearances for The Addicks since joining them on loan this Summer, picking up two assists along the way.

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“Obviously if they were interested in selling him then we would be interested in taking him,” Bowyer told the South London Press.

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

Bowyer’s Summer transfer budget was limited, and he had to resort to bringing players in on loan or on free deals. A move for Cullen would depend on the budget provided by owner Roland Duchatelet – a source which has been far from reliable since his arrival at The Valley.

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“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.”


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