Peterborough United Director of Football Barry Fry has confirmed that his club have missed out on West Ham United midfielder Josh Cullen, according to Peterborough Today.

Josh Cullen is instead set to spend the rest of the season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.

Cullen has spent the first half of the season on loan at Bolton, where he has had to bide his time for first team opportunities.

The 21-year-old has recently found his way back in Phil Parkinson’s plans, impressing in recent games, and this has convinced Bolton to extend his loan deal until the end of the season.

The Republic of Ireland youth international has played 12 games in total for the Trotters this season after impressing during two loan spells with Bradford City over the last couple of years.

Peterborough’s Barry Fry said:

“I thought I had the Cullen deal sewn up. West Ham’s owners had been very helpful, but Bolton have suddenly started picking him and he is now going to stay there.

“It’s very frustrating as he was a top player for Bradford last season. He was our number one target for midfield, but we will have to look elsewhere now.”

Cullen, a ball-playing central midfielder, impressed in pre-season and many West Ham fans were calling for him to be included in the first team squad for this season but Slaven Bilic instead loaned him to Bolton.

It now looks like he will remain there until the end of the season.