The following article is a special report; all information presented has been gleaned from Football FanCast sources unless otherwise stated.
West Ham United have included recall clauses in the loan deals that have seen Josh Cullen move to Charlton Athletic and Grady Diangana join West Bromwich Albion, per Football FanCast sources.
The two players were moved on in the final week of the transfer window, with the latter completing his move in the final hours of Thursday.
A figure with knowledge of the Hammers’ recruitment has confirmed that both players could return in January if West Ham see fit, with recall options a requirement to any deal.
Cullen’s move to Charlton has been coming all summer, with sources confirming that Lee Bowyer’s side expressed an interest at the beginning of the transfer window.
The midfielder did take part in the Irons’ pre-season but the move was confirmed on Wednesday, taking Cullen back to the Valley, where he spent last season as the Addicks won promotion to the Championship.
Diangana meanwhile is highly-rated in east London and there is a feeling that he will return and fight for his place next season.
Indeed, Baggies manager Slaven Bilic managed the Irons between 2015 and 2017 and it is understood that his good relations with the club smoothed negotiations.
Diangana has made 21 senior appearances for the Hammers, scoring two goals.
The recall clause, FFC has been told, is to protect against the possibility of an injury crisis, and the Hammers are not expected to exercise them, despite their inclusion in the deals.
Nonetheless it is extremely clever from the club to end a busy summer on a good note, ensuring their young players get plenty of playing time while also protecting themselves from a total meltdown if the injury curse strikes.