Leeds United are targeting a summer move for West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen, according to the Daily Mail.

It is suggested that the Republic of Ireland international is currently in a contract stand-off with his deal at the London Stadium set to run out next year.

According to the report, the Whites could be joined by Bournemouth, Norwich and West Brom in the hunt although the latest update could scupper those plans.

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The Daily Star has given an insight into David Moyes’ plans to introduce more of a British core at the Hammers from next season.

Moyes is said to be ready to integrate Cullen and Grady Diangana into his squad from next season – something which could also affect our promotion rivals West Brom.

Should Leeds earn promotion this season when it eventually finishes, they could lay down more of a challenge for Cullen who could potentially earn more playing time at Elland Road.

West Ham are said to be worried about the old age of Mark Noble alongside the possibility of losing Declan Rice, something that would give Cullen a great opportunity in East London.

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Looking at Leeds’ current squad though, it is hard to see a role past rotation player for Cullen in West Yorkshire.

Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich would be two of the first names on the teamsheets after promotion, and after Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw fight it out, there may be one spot left on the bench.

Forshaw would be the one player that could potentially be at risk of falling out of the squad given his long-term injury this season. That could be all forgotten though after he posted a video back on the exercise bike – something which could see him return whenever the season does this year.

Moyes’ plans could definitely scupper those of Orta and the Whites’ transfer team, but should Bielsa have a fully-fit squad to choose from, there could be no place for Cullen anyway.

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