Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Ipswich Town midfielder Panutche Camara on a season-long loan, according to the offical club website.
The 26-year-old was allowed to leave the Tractor Boys after just one season at Portman Road following a £500,000 switch from Plymouth Argyle last summer. Despite arriving to much fanfare, Camara struggled with a recurring groin injury which restricted him to just one League One appearance.
Although he recovered from injury during the latter stages of the campaign, he failed to break into manager Kieran McKenna’s plans, and the former Manchester United coach confirmed earlier this month that the player would be allowed to depart on a temporary deal in order to gain first team minutes.
Sheffield Wednesday had previously been linked with a move, but it was confirmed yesterday that the Owls’ were out of the running and Charlton and Peterborough United were at the head of the queue in the fight for his signature.
Who is Panutche Camara?
Camara is a talented midfielder who has had previous success at both League One and Two level. He signed for Crawley Town in 2017 after impressing at non-league Dulwich Hamlet, going on to make 118 appearances for the Red Devils.
He was offered a new deal upon the expiration of his contract in 2020, but rejected the terms in order to make the switch to Plymouth. He spent two seasons at Home Park and was an ever-present in the heart of the midfield before joining Ipswich last summer.
Less than 24 hours after the link emerged, Charlton confirmed the signing this afternoon on their official channels. The Addicks have been working hard during the transfer window thus far, with striker Alfie May perhaps the pick of the bunch so far following his transfer from Cheltenham Town.
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Upon joining, manager Dean Holden revealed his delight;
“Pan is an excellent addition as he offers us something different in the middle of the park. He’s a good ball carrier who plays with real dynamism and is equally adept in both his defensive and attacking responsibilities.
“He’s a player I’ve admired for a long time for his selfless attitude to do what’s required for the team and his willingness to leave absolutely everything out on the pitch. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
This could prove to be a win-win deal for all parties involved. Charlton are in need of a proven League One midfielder whilst Camara will be desperate to rebuild his career after last season’s injury nightmares.
The Addicks are quietly building a squad capable of challenging for promotion this season and Ipswich will be hoping that the Guinea-Bissau international will feature heavily as they weigh up whether to trigger the one-year extension in his current contract next summer.