League One outfit Charlton Athletic are set to offer teenage sensation Daniel Kanu a new three-year deal to ensure the attacker doesn’t leave at the end of the season, according to reports.
The 2004-born forward made his debut for the Addicks two seasons ago and scored his first-ever goal for the club in the previous campaign. At the beginning of the current season, the 18-year-old made six appearances for Charlton and scored three goals, including two in the league.
However, the decision was made to send Kanu out on loan to National League side Southend United until the end of the season due to the depth Charlton Athletic had in the forward department.
Since moving to Roots Hall on a temporary basis, the youngster has found the net four times in five games. Charlton head coach Michael Appleton even admitted that there is a chance Kanu will be recalled in January, following an injury to Chuks Aneke [via the South London Press]:
“You’ve got to think of all your options.
“When I first came in DK was chomping at the bit to get first-team football. We had the option of Chuks at that time. Now it is gone it is something we can look at.”
Now SLP are reporting that Charlton Athletic will hand Kanu a new contract to keep him at the club, with his current deal at The Valley set to expire at the end of the season.
The outlet are claiming that the academy product will be offered a three-year deal with the option to extend his stay by a further year.
At the weekend, the loanee received his first-ever call-up to the Sierra Leone national team as the African nation looks to tie down arguably their hottest prospect right now.
This is a smart move by Charlton Athletic, tying down the future of one of the best young players in League One and it will be interesting to see whether the club recalls him this January.
Kanu is good enough to feature in the first-team, proving this with his three goals at the start of the season so maybe he’ll have a big part to play at The Valley in the second half of the campaign.