Premier League youngster ties up addicks switch as Bowyer swipes at O’Kane

Lee Bowyer concluded a swoop for West Ham youngster Josh Cullen, taking a thinly veiled swipe at Eunan O’Kane in the process.

Bowyer has been in the market for a midfielder and was delighted to unveil 22-year old Cullen, who was on the bench for West Ham against Wimbledon earlier in the week.

After being told by target Eunan O’Kane that he wouldn’t drop out of the Championship, a delighted Bowyer stated that it was the Cullen deal he expected to be beyond his sides reach, not a move for the Ireland midfielder.

“This is one that we thought was going to be out of our reach to be honest,” he told press after the move. “He’s a very good player, good experience in this league and went to the Championship last season. We had to just hang in there and bide our time and thankfully he’s chosen to come to us. He’s a great addition to the squad.

Cullen has enjoyed loan spells with Bradford and Bolton in the past, the latter coming during last season in the Championship. He’s made 84 senior appearances in total, including nine for West Ham, the club he’s been with since the age of nine.

Our View

Okay, it might be a very thinly veiled swipe, but given a choice it seems as though Bowyer would have picked Cullen over O’Kane all day long.

The youngster is an exciting prospect, he’s had lots of senior football already and will be a recognisable presence in the middle of the park for the Addicks.

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