League One side Charlton Athletic have announced the signing of West Ham youth star Conor Coventry on a permanent deal.
The Addicks have signed the 23-year-old on an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal and becomes the third arrival of the January window. Tyreeq Bakinson and Lewis Fiorini have also arrived on loans at the Valley from Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City respectively.
Coventry is an Irish international, playing over 40 games for the Boys In Green’s youth setups over his career. His 25th appearance in the U21’s side against Montenegro set a new national record in that age bracket.
The Real EFL broke earlier this week that Coventry was the subject of interest from the London club, with the club finally confirming his transfer today.
A product of the Hammers’ academy, Coventry has plenty of experience in the third division, having previously played for Lincoln City and MK Dons in League One. He previously played under his new boss Michael Appleton for the Imps.
Last season also saw success for the midfielder, as he was part of the West Ham side that lifted the UEFA Conference League, playing in five group-stage matches. Transfermarkt currently values him at €1.5 million (£1.3m).
Coventry was sent out to Rotherham United in January, where he made 18 Championship appearances, recording two assists.
He has struggled for match time since returning to the London Stadium, only playing in the Premier League 2 season, without appearing for a single minute in the senior team.
Upon arriving at the Greenwich club, the 23-year-old said: “The vision of the gaffer and the people behind the scenes with where they want to take the club. I’m from London so I know what this club means to people and the size of it. I’m really looking forward to buying into what is going on here and being a part of it.”
Conor Coventry is a really exciting signing for Charlton Athletic. Being one of West Ham’s best academy prospects, and combined with his experience with Rotherham last season, many would have expected him to make his permanent switch to a Championship club. But former boss Michael Appleton has tempted him to drop down a division and will be one of the more exciting players in the league going forward.
Charlton have rebuilt their midfield with the loan signings of Tyreeq Bakinson and Lewis Fiorini. The three give the club some more young talent eager to prove themselves, with the loanees also having to impress their parent clubs. With Jonson Clarke-Harris on the verge of a move to the Valley too, The Addicks will be an exciting side to watch over the next few months and could be favourites to win in the play-offs if they finish in the top six. They have plenty of work to do though, currently being 13 points behind Barnsley.