By Brian Jeeves
PROMISING West Ham United youngsters, Reece Burke and Josh Cullen have linked up with Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers on a five-month loan deal.
The move sees both players reunited with Trotters manager, Phil Parkinson, who loaned the pair during the 2015/16 campaign when he was in the hot seat at Bradford City.
Speaking to the Hammers official website about the deal, manager Slaven Bilic said: “This is a perfect opportunity for Reece and Josh to continue the fantastic progress they have made in recent seasons.
“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.
Bilic continued: “I have had a few good, long chats with them both recently – they know what they have to do, and we agreed that playing regularly at this level will be far more beneficial for them.
“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.
“Bolton are a good club with an excellent manager in Phil Parkinson, who knows both Reece and Josh well, and we will be keeping a very close eye on their progress.
“I wish them all the very best in this adventure, and we look forward to welcoming them back to the Club next year.”