Charlton Athletic are looking to bolster their attacking department before the January transfer window closes and are being linked with a prolific frontman from the division below.
Derbyshire Live revealed on Friday that Derby County had made a breakthrough in their pursuit of Charlton attacker Corey Blackett-Taylor, having previously had a bid rejected worth £250,000. The outlet are now claiming that the Addicks have accepted an offer from the Rams.
With Blackett-Taylor seemingly on his way out of The Valley, Michael Appleton is searching for options to add depth and quality to his forward line. According to a report from the Telegraph & Argus, Charlton Athletic have joined the intense race for Bradford City star Jake Young.
Young was on loan at Swindon Town for the first half of the 2023/24 campaign and exceeded expectations, scoring 16 goals and registering four assists in 26 appearances for the Robins before Bradford recalled him as soon as the winter window opened.
25 games, 16 goals, 4 assists for #STFC ✨
Thank you, Jake Young ❤️
— Swindon Town Football Club (@Official_STFC) January 2, 2024
Nevertheless, his impressive form has not gone unnoticed in the division above. It was reported by journalist Alan Nixon earlier in the January market that the 22-year-old striker had garnered interest from relegation-threatened League One outfits Port Vale and Exeter City.
Furthermore, Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson publicly expressed his side’s interest in Young but admitted that Bradford City’s asking price was “ridiculous”, which got him in some hot water with the Bantams boss this past week.
Additionally, the report from the Telegraph & Argus also stated that Derby County have joined Charlton Athletic in the pursuit of Young, with both sides weighing up whether to table an offer or not for the number ‘9’. His market value is currently said to be between £257k-343k, as per FootballTransfers.
It seems rather strange that Charlton Athletic are being linked with a move for Young in the first place, or any striker for that matter, considering the club have League One’s most prolific centre-forward on their books in Alfie May.
Nonetheless, perhaps Appleton is looking to add some competition for May up top or for a player to ease his goalscoring burden as the summer signing has scored 40% of Charlton’s total league goals this term.