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Football | Josh Cullen joins Anderlecht for undisclosed fee

Josh Cullen has joined RSC Anderlecht from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

The Republic of Ireland midfielder has signed a three-year contract with the Belgian club, who are managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

“Josh is a midfielder who combines great running ability with grit and intensity,” said Anderlecht sporting director Peter Verbeke.

“He is good on the ball, strong in the combination, has a good long ball and is known for his winning mentality and dedication – a real team player.”

Cullen, 24, had been at West Ham since the age of nine. The former U21 Ireland captain made his senior debut for the London club in 2015, and his last appearance for David Moyes' side in September's Carabao Cup win over Charlton Athletic.

Having spent the last two seasons on loan at Charlton, the combative midfielder was due to start the Hammers' Carabao Cup game last week but had to be withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.

"Everybody at West Ham United would like to thank Josh for his professionalism, commitment and hard work over the last 15 years and wish him all the very best for his future career," a club statement read.

Cullen made his senior Republic of Ireland debut last September.


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