Monday, 18 June 2012

Charlton Athletic - Transfer Rumours

Charlton Athletic Transfer Rumours

It has been very quiet so far this summer, at least in comparison to last year, but that is probably expected with the transfer window yet to open and the European Championship going on.

An early rumour had Chris Powell targetting Bolton's experienced winger Ricardo Gardner, however, this now seems unlikely with the Jamaican international released from his contract and no official approach from the Addicks has been mentioned.

Another persistent rumour seems to be Keith Andrews. The Republic of Ireland international will be returning from the European Championship this week to decide his future. He has rejected the opportunity to rejoin West Brom as he looks for a new challenge. He has shown flashes of premiership ability in Ireland's matches and it is likely a lower half Premiership side will take a gamble on him.

  Sam Baldock has seen his opportunities limited after picking up an injury early last season at Upton Park. He is now looking to relaunch his career and Chris Powell is said to be a long term admirer. Rumours of West Ham's interest in Charlton right back Chris Solly have lead to a talk of a potential player exchange, however, the Charlton man has denied the rumours on his twitter account. If Charlton do attempt to sign the striker West Ham will look to recoup much of the 2 million they paid for him at the start of last year.

A more recent rumour has seen Charlton linked with Rangers winger Sone Aluko. The pacey winger has an eye for goal and can fill a highlight reel on his own. With Rangers changing to the ownership of a new company he could now leave the club on a free and would offer Charlton a different option to Captain Johnnie Jackson on the left. An interesting fact about Sone Aluko, his sister Eniola Aluko used to play for the Charlton Ladies team between 2004 and 2007.

Finally, one of the quieter rumours out there sees Charlton linked with Leeds wide man Ramon Nunez. "El Principito" impressed on loan at Scunthorpe and former boss Simon Grayson saw potential in the Honduran international rewarding him with a contract extension until the end of the 2011/2012 season. Unfortunately Simon Grayson was relieved of his duties during the season and his replacement, Neil Warnock, told the player he was free to look for a new club when his contract expires. Nunez has 44 caps for Honduras, scoring 5 goals.

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