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Sending Cullen out on loan could come back to haunt West Ham United

West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen is likely to leave the club before the end of August as a handful of Championship outfits have made offers, according to Claret & Hugh.

What’s the word?

Manuel Pellegrini has not had the best start to his career as Hammers boss.

The East London outfit were comfortably beaten 4-0 by Liverpool on the opening weekend of the campaign, and in their second Premier League match, the team lost 2-1 to Bournemouth.

Not many would have expected West Ham to come away from Anfield with all three points, but losing to the Cherries on home soil stung.

Pellegrini recruited nine new signings in the summer transfer window, but none have been able to stand out just yet.

The window is closed for incomings, but players can still be sold abroad or offloaded on loan to Football League clubs before the end of August.

According to Claret & Hugh, 22-year-old Cullen is wanted by a handful of Championship clubs and could leave in the next week or so, despite Sky Sports reporting in July that Pellegrini had knocked back interest in the midfielder.

Why would offloading Cullen be a mistake?

The midfielder has not quite established himself as a regular feature in the West Ham squad.

However, Cullen showed glimpses of what he is capable of during a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, where he made 12 league appearances before leaving in January.

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In his career so far, the midfielder has scored nine goals, eight of which came in Premier League 2.

It is perhaps too early to throw Cullen into starting XI contention, but Pellegrini would be taking a big risk allowing him to leave.

Summer signing Jack Wilshere is prone to injuries having spent large chunks of his senior career on the treatment table.

If the former Arsenal star requires time on the sidelines, then Cullen would be a decent option to bring on.

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