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Report: West Ham in talks to clinch midfielder deal after impressive displays

By Harvey Byrne

Bradford City are interested in bringing back midfielder Josh Cullen to Valley Parade from West Ham, according to a report.

Yorkshire publication The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Bradford have held talks with Slaven Bilic’s team in an attempt to convince them to allow the 20-year-old to return to the club.

The young central midfielder joined Bradford in the second half of last season on a three-month loan deal and was very impressive, making 17 appearances for the side as they surged into the play-offs.

However, West Ham are said to be unwilling to allow Cullen to leave on loan until their transfer business is complete and they have an idea on numbers for the forthcoming season.

However, Bradford are hoping to convince the Hammers to allow the Republic of Ireland U21 international to re-join on a temporary basis.

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The youngster born in Westcliffe-on-Sea is eligible to play for both England and the Republic of Ireland internationally.

He made one appearance for the England Under-16 side before going on to represent the Irish Under-19’s and Under-21’s side where he’s made eight appearances for both sides respectively.

The West Ham academy graduate has made four appearances for the senior side, which include three appearances in the 2015-16 Europa League campaign and one appearance in the Premier League.

In other West Ham news, West Brom are moving to make West Ham striker Diafra Sakho their second signing of the summer.