The attention may now be set to turn to outgoings for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, however, with reported outside interest in a number of West Ham stars. One of the players being linked with a move away from east London is young prospect Josh Cullen.
The 22-year-old midfielder may find first team opportunities hard to come by under Pellegrini next season, particularly with the arrivals of Anderson and Jack Wilshere, but it seems that the Hammers will not part with Cullen easily.
Cullen has enjoyed productive loan spells away with Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City in recent years and has apparently impressed new manager Pellegrini, who succeeded David Moyes at the London Stadium earlier this summer.
With a clear emphasis on heavy investment in new first team stars this summer, which has also seen the high-profile arrivals of Issa Diop from Toulouse and Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund, it seems apparent that Pellegrini will not be disregarding the young talent which is also at his disposal.
"Manuel Pellegrini has got a history of recruiting the players he wants and getting the best out of them"https://t.co/RJwj57gXlg— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 18, 2018
Indeed, Cullen has apparently caught Pellegrini’s eye in training since the manager’s arrival at West Ham, and it is said that the Chilean will include Cullen in his plans for the upcoming season.
With West Ham reportedly open to offers for Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate this summer, Cullen may yet be involved in Pellegrini’s first-team operations to surprising and unprecedented levels in the Premier League next term.