Macauley Bonne has secured a £2m switch across London, leaving Charlton Athletic for Queens Park Rangers.
The 24-year-old leaves the Addicks after making a £200,000 switch from Leyton Orient a little over a year ago. The Zimbabwe international scored 12 goals in 40 appearances for Lee Bowyer’s outfit, but couldn’t keep them in the Championship last season.
He is goalless in League One this campaign, but that hasn’t stopped the Hoops forking out what Bowyer called an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“QPR came in and made an offer that we couldn’t refuse,” said Bowyer. “He did well for us last season and got 11 goals but looking at the bigger picture, it is the right price and the right deal for us.
Bonne started out as a youth with both Ipswich Town and Norwich City, before moving to Colchester United and earning his first professional deal. He first appeared in League One as a 17-year-old and eventually made 84 appearances, scoring 15 times.
He enjoyed a loan spell with Lincoln City in their historic National League winning season but scored just once in seven games before picking up an injury. He later joined Woking on loan, failing to score in seven outings, before being released by Colchester.
He moved to recently-relegated Leyton Orient and was a revelation, bagging 49 goals in 103 appearances, earning him a move to The Valley in June 2019.
The switch sees Charlton turn a huge profit on the player and these fans are not entirely upset to see him move, given the size of the reward.
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Great bit of Business if the £2 mill fee is right. Never looked the finished article but he was as up for the fight last season & effort can't be faulted. Wish him the best #cafc
— George Summerfield (@summerfield94) October 2, 2020
Best of luck Macca, proper professional but not the player we need in League One. Need someone a bit nastier.
— Luke Ryan (@lryan_) October 2, 2020
yes I think your right… need an aggressive forward line – wish him well though
— anteves (@footy_league) October 2, 2020
£2m?? That’s the best business we’ve done in 10 years!!
— Paul ?? (@londonpaul82) October 2, 2020
Now watch him go get double figures and a big move again for over 10m ?who knows he could end up at forest one day ??
— Cabbie8 (@cabbie8) October 2, 2020
For once great business for the addicks! Don’t think we’d have seen him kick on here very much similar to Simon Francis who excelled once he moved on to Bournemouth. Now to reinvest in a striker with a more naturally gifted eye for goal! Up the addicks #cafc
— Pels’ (@PezmondCAFC) October 2, 2020
Good business. Will score goals but we need them fast. Strange thing though, he was called on a season too early, and bows always said he was a project, so whats all this "lad came to me and said he WANTED to move on". Sounds a bit like bonne wanted to run before he could walk.
— Paul (@tonka87) October 2, 2020
When you consider that's how much we sold Grant for, we are a million times better at doing business now. Bonne is easily replaceable.
— Will BG (@Willbg90) October 2, 2020