Charlton Athletic midfielder Jack Payne is set to temporarily leave The Valley to make the loan move to League Two promotion hopefuls MK Dons, according to journalist Richard Cawley.
The 28-year-old midfielder, who joined The Addicks in 2022 from Swindon Town, is set to make the temporary switch to Stadium MK despite only signing for the League One side last summer.
It was previously reported by The Real EFL in an exclusive that Graham Alexander’s side was ‘one of a few clubs’ interested in bringing in the former Huddersfield Town midfielder, with the club now close to confirming his signature on loan.
The signing of Payne would be MK Dons’ eighth new arrival of the summer, following the captures of goalkeepers Craig MacGillivray and Nathan Harness, defenders Tommy Smith and Cameron Norman, midfielders MJ Williams and Alex Gilbey, alongside winger Ashley Hunter.
Payne managed to rack up 54 appearances for Charlton since his arrival, scoring a total of seven goals and assisting on seven occasions. The 28-year-old previously scored 18 goals and assisted a further 13 times for Swindon Town in 88 appearances for The Robins between 2020 and 2022, with his form securing his move to The Addicks.
The midfielder’s previous clubs also involve the likes of Southend United, Huddersfield Town, Oxford United, Blackburn Rovers, Bradford City and Lincoln City.
MK Dons have made a flying start back to life in League Two following their relegation from League One last season. The club currently sit top of the table on goal difference after the first five games, with the Stadium MK outfit winning four of their five fixtures so far, with victories over Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers, Doncaster Rovers and Colchester United to note.
For Charlton Athletic, however, The Addicks have had a disastrous start to the campaign by winning only one of their opening five fixtures. Following their latest league defeat to Oxford United which sees the club currently lie in 19th in the League One table, manager Dean Holden became the first boss in the EFL to lose his job.
#cafc midfielder Jack Payne joining Milton Keynes on loan.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) August 30, 2023
Jack Payne is a clever midfielder, especially in League Two where he has produced some of his best football over his career and with him dropping back down to the fourth tier to sign for MK Dons on loan, I think it’s a really good move for him.
Graham Alexander’s side have enjoyed a good start back to life in League Two and with the addition of Payne, their squad will have only just gotten stronger and even more so, it’s a signing that could stake their claim of potentially returning to League One at the first time of asking.
It’s a signing in which I like a lot.