The newspaper claims that Mark Warburton’s side are in a heated transfer tug of war with their Championship rivals for the 23-year-old.
The Addicks would love to bring Cullen back to The Valley after a tremendous loan spell with them in League One last season. However, QPR are thought to be the frontrunners to sign him at present.
It’s no surprise that there is a transfer battle going on for Cullen’s signature after how well he performed for Charlton last time out. West Ham have a good player on their hands, but they have to decide whether they see him as someone who could eventually become a first team regular or not. If the answer to that question is no, then sending him out on loan for another season is entirely pointless. It would be better by far, surely, to sell him while his stock is high, giving manager Manuel Pellegrini a couple extra million in the transfer kitty, while allowing the youngster to get on with his football at a club where he has a genuine future. This is the decision Pellegrini needs to make this summer. However, if he feels Cullen can be a first team player but needs another year out on loan, then this would be the right move. Charlton, though, would surely be preferable to QPR after he did so well for them last campaign.