Lee Bowyer’s Charlton are being linked with an ambitious double swoop ahead of Friday’s 5pm transfer deadline.
Firstly, they’re been suggested as a possible destination for Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn by Alan Nixon.
The 20-year-old became the Reds youngest-ever scorer in 2016 bagging against Leeds in the EFL Cup, but has since seen his stock drop dramatically. He made eight appearances for Sheffield United in a tough loan spell in the Championship, then appeared 14 times for Oxford in an injury-hit spell last season. He had been expected to make a loan move to Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam earlier in the summer, as well as having been linked with Hull City, interest later denied by Grant McCann.
They are also being credited with an interest in Burnley prospect Ali Koiki. He had been linked with Sunderland, who have been looking to strengthen the left side of the field for some time, but that move seemingly never got started. That prompted speculation he may be moving to the Valley, and recent reports suggest that interest is still firm, but it does appear he may choose Ben Garner’s Bristol Rovers instead.
Koiki is an exciting talent, released by Crystal Palace as a youngster before moving to Turf Moor. He hasn’t made a solitary first-team outing for Sean Dyche’s side, but he has featured as an unused substitute on four occasions. He has appeared in the senior game, spending the second half of the 2018/19 season with Swindon Town, for whom he made 15 appearances.
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Whilst it does appear the move for Koiki is dead in the water, a swoop for Ben Woodburn could be interesting.
There is no doubt he has faltered in recent seasons, but at the tender age of 20 he has plenty of time to bounce back and a spell with Charlton might be the best way to do that. Their style and setup would certainly suit the attack-minded player, and he proved in his brief stint with Oxford he can perform in League One.
If he does move and remains injury-free, he might just be a key player for Bowyer as the season progresses.