On Tuesday evening, Josh Cullen was sat on the Hammers bench as they edged into the third round of the Carabao Cup, beating AFC Wimbledon.
That, it would appear, will be the last we see of the young midfielder in a claret and blue shirt this season.
As the EFL clubs scrambled around before the deadline passed last night, Cullen has been allowed, and as confirmed by the BBC, by the Hammers to join the League One side, Charlton Athletic, on a season-long loan deal.
For Cullen, now 22-years-of-age, it is the latest in a line of loan moves which have seen the midfielder enjoy spells at Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers.
The youngster has made 9 appearances for the Hammers but, at this stage of his development, requires regular first-team football.
Naturally, Charlton are delighted at acquiring the services of Cullen with their boss, Lee Bowyer, remarking, and as reported by our aforementioned source:
“He went to the Championship last term so we thought he was going to be out of our reach.
“We had to just hang in there and bide our time and thankfully he’s chosen to come to us.
“I think he’s a great addition to the squad. He’s a very good player in and out of possession so he’ll be a good addition for us. I’ve always said I only want players that improve us, and he improves us.”
Here at Vital West Ham, we are of the opinion that it is a decent move for Josh and we wish him all the best, whilst also pledging to monitor his progress.