Blow for Charlton as negotiations with League One playmaker hit a stumbling block

Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round - Peterborough United vs Leicester City - ABAX Stadium, Peterborough, Britain - January 27, 2018 Peterborough United’s Marcus Maddison in action with Leicester City's Harry Maguire Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Charlton Athletic are struggling to agree on personal terms with Peterborough United forward Marcus Maddison as reported by Football Insider.

The Addicks agreed on a fee with Posh earlier this week for the playmaker, but Football Insider claims a source at the Valley has revealed to them the two parties are quite a way apart over the wages offer on the table.

The report suggests the news of the deal potentially stalling will alert several clubs to the opportunity of hijacking the deal.

Maddison has been in fine form for Posh this season, scoring ten goals in twenty-six appearances. However, he is currently nine games without finding the net after struggling with injury towards the back end of 2019.

This dip in form did not stop Charlton matching a reported release clause of £2.5 million for a player who is entering the final six months of his contract at London Road.

Journalist Wayne Veysey suggests if the deal collapses, Maddison may run down his contract and leave for free in the summer.

Our View

If the report is correct, Charlton should start to look elsewhere.

Maddison is outstanding when he fancies it, but too often he doesn’t, and we feel he is slightly overrated.

He’s an undoubted talent, but concerns remain over his attitude.

If he wants to go to Charlton, he should get the contract signed, if not, Charlton should back out of the deal.


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