Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has added another new recruit to his squad, after the club confirmed the signing of Erhun Oztumer.
The midfielder only left crisis-hit Bolton Wanderers on Thursday, with his new status as a free-agent meaning that the Addicks have been able to add Oztumer despite the close of the summer transfer last week, with the midfielder signing a two-year deal at The Valley.
Oztumer had only joined Bolton from Walsall last summer, making a total of 19 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring once, in a League Cup defeat to Leeds United, and had been close to making a loan move to Charlton in the January transfer window.
Speaking to Charlton’s official website following confirmation of the deal, Oztumer, who was previously part of the club’s academy, said: “It feels great. It’s nice to see a few faces I haven’t seen in a while. I’m very happy to be here and looking forward to enjoying football again.
“I’m a local lad and I’ve kept an eye on Charlton since I left, so I’m happy to be happy to be here, playing in the Championship.”
Assessing the club’s start to the season, which has seen them win their opening two league games of the season to sit second in the early Championship standings, the 28-year-old added: “The team has started really well so I’ll fight for my place, work hard and see where it takes us.”
Bowyer himself also spoke about the move, with the Charlton manager claiming: “It’s a bonus one for us. He’s a very good player, he scores goals, gets assists, he’s a local lad.
“Obviously we tried to bring him in during January but it didn’t work out for us.
“He brings a bit of flair and that craft and cleverness in the final third. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
With confirmation of Oztumer’s arrival, Charlton have now signed 13 players this summer following their promotion to the Championship at the end of last season.
I think this could be a good signing for Charlton.
The club have already started the season in impressive form, and the addition of a player with Oztumer’s ability and creativity will surely only be a good thing going forward.
Having struggled to really get all that many opportunities at this level with Bolton last season, you feel Oztumer will be keen to show his capabilities at this level, which Charlton now look set to benefit from.
Even if this deal doesn’t exactly work out on the pitch, the fact that Oztumer has arrived on a free means there is a reduced financial risk to this move for the Addicks.