West Ham have officially loaned out midfielder Josh Cullen to Charlton Athletic.
The Hammers have allowed the 22-year-old to go out and get some regular football, with midfield options aplenty at the London Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini brought in Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez this summer.
The pair have come in to provide Pedro Obiang, Declan Rice and Mark Noble with some competition.
Cullen, an U21 Republic of Ireland international, has only ever made three league appearances for the Irons.
Last season the club loaned him out to Championship side Bolton Wanderers and the season before that, Bradford City.
It is perhaps a final chance now for the youngster to prove himself with the club having shown some ambition by shelling out over £100 million on new players.
Charlton caretaker boss and former Hammer Lee Bowyer is clearly pleased with his latest acquisition.
He said as quoted by the club’s official website: “This is one that we thought was going to be out of our reach to be honest. He’s a very good player, good experience in this league and went to the Championship last season so we thought he was going to be out of our reach.
“We had to just hang in there and bide our time and thankfully he’s chosen to come to us. I think he’s a great addition to the squad.”
West Ham fans react
Some West ham supporters took to social media to react to the news. Although some wished him luck, others felt disappointed to see him go during a difficult transition period for the club.
GOOD LUCK JOSH
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) 30 August 2018
— Buckley (@PopAXande) 30 August 2018
— Cozza Saunderson (@CozzaSaunderson) 30 August 2018
If they are good enough bring them to the first team squad. All you read is our ‘Great’ Reserve or whatever they are called these days, loaned out. Bring them through, build up their confidence.. or Sell. Just a thought.
— ⚒️ Kev O’Shea ⚒️ West Ham & England (@Kev_WestHam41) 30 August 2018
Poor lad needs to be given a chance in the first team
— Harry (@harrychittock) 30 August 2018
— Oscar ⚒ (@OscarHunwick) 30 August 2018
why have we put Josh Cullen out on loan?
— LP (@lukepollington) 30 August 2018
Just not good enough
— hammerhead (@larryberyl) 30 August 2018