Charlton Athletic are yet to splash the cash this month.
With the completion of their takeover at the start of the month, Charlton became one of the richest clubs in the Football League overnight. Fans called for Gareth Bale, but instead they got Andre Green on-loan from Aston Villa, and he remains their sole signing of the window so far.
All the transfer clout at The Valley has been about player departures – Lyle Taylor has been linked with a move to Bristol City amongst other clubs, and it looks like he could be on his way before the closure of the transfer window.
Lee Bowyer has also been dealt a blow in the form of Conor Gallagher – the 19-year-old was recalled by Chelsea and subsequently loaned back out to Swansea City.
But there’s still plenty of time and plenty of money for Charlton to bring in some bodies over the next two weeks, and here we take a look at two transfer deals that could realistically be complete by the end of the week:
Greg Docherty – Rangers
The Rangers man has been shot of game-time under Steven Gerrard this season, and it’s looking like the midfielder will seek a loan-move this month.
He spent last season on-loan at Shrewsbury Town where he played 41 times in the league, scoring seven and being named Shrewsbury Town’s Player of the Year.
But a combination of injury and team selection has left Docherty in the doldrums at Ibrox, and Charlton look to be leading the race to sign him on-loan for the rest of the season – Sunderland were the favourites to land the 23-year-old, but they ‘hit a snag’ in proceedings with Docherty.
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Jonson Clarke-Harris – Bristol Rovers
One of League One’s most exciting players, Clarke-Harris looks destined to make the step-up to the Championship sooner or later.
The 25-year-old forward has been in prolific form for Bristol Rovers this season – he’s scored nine in 17 League One games, 12 in all competitions. He arrived in Bristol this time last year from Coventry, and Charlton are said to be keen on the striker.
He’d be a like-for-like replacement for Taylor (who, if he doesn’t leave this month, looks set to see out his Charlton contract in the summer), but Bristol Rovers have slapped a healthy £2 million price-tag on their star man.
It’s a move that could materialise. Bowyer looks as though he’s starting to panic about the lack of January signings to walk through the doors at The Valley but there’s still time, and Clarke-Harris should be a player that Bowyer knows well after their League One campaign last year.