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West Ham may have the perfect Declan Rice successor right under their nose

West Ham have been rather quiet in the transfer market so far this summer with the main saga surrounding the future of Declan Rice.

London rivals Chelsea are keen to bring him back to Stamford Bridge having been released as a 14-year-old back in 2014.

According to The Sun, the Blues are set to launch a bid for the English defensive midfielder after already spending over £130m on the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.

The Hammers, however, are being firm in their £80m asking price, a fee which would eclipse a club-record substantially.

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Whether he’s sold very much remains to be seen but the Irons are going to need to find themselves a viable successor fit to fill the void Rice will leave behind when – and if – he departs in the near future.

And they may not need to spend a penny in doing so should David Moyes promote Josh Cullen into the first-team set-up as he has done with Grady Diangana this off-season.

The 24-year-old has been out on loan three times now in his career, the latest of which was a successful two-year spell with Charlton Athletic.

Cullen averaged two tackles, 1.6 key passes, 1.4 clearances, 1.3 interceptions and 2.7 long balls per game this season in the Championship for a team that were ultimately relegated.

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His form down the road at The Valley has led to international recognition in Mick McCarthy’s Ireland side where he has picked up two caps.

Lee Bowyer has been very impressed with the 5 foot 9 enforcer during his time at the club, speaking to Football.London, he said: “Josh Cullen has been excellent for the two years he has been working with me. Every single game he’s outstanding, very rarely does he do anything wrong. Again he protected the back four so well in the middle of the park. Josh doesn’t really give the ball away. He tidies things up, he breaks things up well. He was outstanding.”

Going by that review alone, it would seem West Ham have the perfect Rice successor, so the club can’t afford to offload him just yet despite interest from Crystal Palace and Fulham, as per the Telegraph.

AND in other news, Fenerbahce want to sign Hammers flop…

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