Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has revealed he would like to sign West Ham’s Josh Cullen on a permanent deal.

But Bowyer also conceded that wages would be a stumbling block with this move.

According to London News Online, Cullen’s wages are the main hurdle in him completing a permanent switch to The Valley.

Cullen at West Ham

Josh Cullen has played nine senior matches for West Ham. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Cullen has been knocking on the first-team door for a while now. But he has failed to nail down a regular spot in the senior squad.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 captain has impressed during loan spells with Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.

However, he has only managed nine games in total for the Hammers, including just three in the league.

Cullen at Charlton

This summer, Cullen played a key role in Manuel Pellegrini’s pre-season plans. But he was still farmed out on loan to Charlton.


The young central midfielder has started five games for the Addicks since dropping down to League One.

And he plays a pivotal role in Bowyer’s plans, picking up two assists so far.

Lee Bowyer on Cullen

Like Josh Cullen, Charlton manager Lee Bowyer played in central midfield for West Ham. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Bowyer, an ex-Hammer, is keen to do business with West Ham. Cullen is out of contract at the end of the season with West Ham and Charlton want him permanently.

But wages appear to be the main issue blocking this deal from going through.

Bowyer said: “Obviously if they were interested in selling him then we would be interested in taking him.

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