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Transfer Gossip: Bolton Wanderers to find out after FA cup game if West Ham pair will return

The wait is almost over

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images

According to, Bolton Wanderers will find out whether West Ham United pair Josh Cullen and Reece Burke will return after their FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.

West Ham United assistant manager Alan Irvine said during yesterday’s pre match press conference:

"We are really conscious that we wanted them to come back, we needed them to come back because of the situation prior to the first game but we don’t want to stop their development either so if we feel they wont get sufficient time for us, and we can afford to do it, because we have senior players that will be involved instead then maybe we will look at that situation.

Phil Parkinson is well aware and the boys are well aware too that we are not going to keep them here and sit them in the stand. We will see".

Both players have played big roles in Wanderers’ last two wins against Sheffield United and Hull City. Burke has scored once in fifteen games this season, whilst Cullen has played twelve times.

Meanwhile, reports from The Sun journalist Alan Nixon state that Wanderers have set their sights on a new centre half target, should West Ham decide to keep Burke.

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