Josh Cullen has confirmed that he will return to West Ham in the summer, London News Online reports.
Cullen is currently out on loan at Charlton Athletic and the London-based club will be eager to sign him on a permanent deal.
But Cullen has other plans. He is set to return to West Ham for pre-season, where Manuel Pellegrini will try to fit him into his first-team plans.
The central midfielder wants to break into the West Ham first-team next season. And it seems like West Ham will give him a chance to prove himself.
Josh Cullen at West Ham
Essex-born Cullen joined West Ham as a schoolboy and has come through the ranks in East London. The 23-year-old has nine senior appearances under his belt.
In addition to his West Ham outings, Cullen has been granted four loan spells away from the London Stadium.
During two spells with Bradford City, a stint with Bolton Wanderers and his current time at Charlton, Cullen has amassed over 100 appearances.
Last weekend, the Republic of Ireland international netted his first goal for the Addicks and his second of his career.
He is highly-rated by the South London club, who have ex-Hammer Lee Bowyer as their manager, but he is now focused on breaking into the West Ham side.
Josh Cullen on his future
Cullen told London News Online: “I’ve always said that the main focus is to go back to West Ham and get a first-team place there.
“I’ll go back. They want me back to go and do pre-season and try and make my time there successful. Get in the first-team and warrant that place. That’s what I’m looking to do and hopefully that will happen.”
Cullen still has one more league game remaining for Charlton, who are guaranteed a play-off place. Therefore, he is hoping to end his time at The Valley with promotion to the Championship.
But he has his sights set on West Ham’s first-team next season. And given the central midfield weakness, he could just get his chance.