West Ham duo Reece Burke and Josh Cullen join Bolton on loan
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 01/08/17 3:45pm
West Ham duo Reece Burke and Josh Cullen have joined Bolton on five-month loan spells.
Burke and Cullen have returned early from the Hammers' pre-season training camp in Germany to complete the move and could feature for their new club in their opening Sky Bet Championship game against Leeds on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
The two players will be reunited with Bolton boss Phil Parkinson, who managed them both during successful loan spells at Bradford in the 2015/16 season.
Burke spent last season on loan at Wigan, while Cullen - who signed a new three-year contract at the London Stadium on Monday - spent another campaign at Valley Parade.
"This is a perfect opportunity for Reece and Josh to continue the fantastic progress they have made in recent seasons," West Ham manager Slaven Bilic told the club's official website.
"They are both very promising young players, who have shown that they have the right attitude, temperament and quality to have a successful future at West Ham United if they continue in the same manner.
"I have been really impressed with the impact they have made with us during pre-season but it is important that they continue to play serious, competitive football at this stage of their development.
"The Championship will give them the opportunity to test themselves against teams and players who will be fighting to get to the Premier League, and it will be a great experience for them."
Parkinson also welcomed the deal, as Bolton attempt to re-establish themselves in the Championship.
"We've worked with Reece and Josh before and are very pleased to get them on board," he told Bolton's official website.
"We'd like to thank West Ham and Slaven Billic for sending the boys up to us at the start of the week because that's important for our preparation for the first game of the season.
"They are good characters but more importantly good players. They'll add a lot of quality to the squad and have a desire to show everybody that they can play at this level."
Watch Bolton v Leeds on Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event at 4pm.