Charlton Athletic boss Nigel Adkins has told the South London Press to watch this space after recent reports stated that the Addicks are close to signing Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter.
As previously reported by Football Insider yesterday, Charlton are said to have agreed a deal with the Reds for Arter to return to his boyhood club on loan for the duration of this season.
The experienced 31-year-old midfielder has been frozen out at the City Ground by Chris Hughton in recent months, with his departure having long been mooted.
Now Adkins has had his say on the speculation after it was claimed that the player was in the stand at the Valley yesterday for the win over Crewe Alexandra:
“I am aware of that. There’s a lot of things going on, so you’re going to have to watch this space. I suppose, at the end of the day when somebody has signed a piece of paper and is announced as our player, then they’re announced as our player. I think you’ll find it could be quite an interesting three days over the weekend and going into Tuesday evening.”
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Arter still has two years left to run on his contract with Forest, however it appears that his long term future lies very much away from Trentside at this precise moment.
The Republic of Ireland international previously came through Charlton’s academy system as a boy but only went on to play once at first team level.
It appears that Arter is finally going to put his Nottingham Forest nightmare behind him as he closes in on securing a romantic return to the club where it all started for him as a player.
This is a signing that will be a real statement of intent at League One level for the Addicks and he will only add to the wealth of string midfield options that they have at their disposal.
He still has plenty of years left ahead of him at a good level and this loan move could potentially lead to a permanent deal further down the line.
This signing could make all the difference for Charlton as they aim to make a concerted push for promotion under Adkins.