Josh Cullen says he is willing to spend the first half of the season out on loan in order to boost his chances of playing for West Ham. The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has been unable to make his mark on the senior side at the London Stadium and he made just two Premier League appearances last season, both coming from the bench.
With new manager Manuel Pellegrini bringing in nine new faces this summer, Cullen is expected to slip further down the pecking order in this campaign and a temporary exit looks to be on the cards.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who made 12 outings for Bolton whilst on loan in the first half of last season, says talks are ongoing about his plans this term and he would be happy to go out on loan again.
“It’s not that I’ve decided totally whether I am staying or going; at the minute I’m here, just taking each day as it comes and trying to impress the manager,” Cullen told The Evening Standard.
“First and foremost I want to be playing for West Ham, but if the manager says to me ‘there’s the right loan there’ then I’ll go and get some games up until January, come back and look at it then.
“Nothing has been decided yet. The end target is always to play for West Ham and get in the first team.”