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Charlton Athletic set to announce signing of in-demand striker

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Charlton Athletic are set to announce their first signing of the season, with Macauley Bonne set to arrive at The Valley according to The Sun’s Phil Cadden.

The Leyton Orient striker was in impressive form last season, as he netted 23 goals for them as they won promotion back into the Football League.

It is reported that the fee is in the region of £200,000, and the Addicks will be hoping that Bonne can hit the ground running in the Championship.

Lee Bowyer’s side won promotion back into the Championship last season, as they beat Sunderland in the League One play-off final in May.

Bonne has previously been on the books at Ipswich Town and Colchester United previously before moving to Leyton Orient back in 2017.

It had been previously reported by the Shields Gazette, that both Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday were interested in signing the striker.

The 23-year-old has scored 45 goals in 83 appearances in total for Orient and he’ll be hoping to replicate that form in the Championship with Charlton when this move is completed.

He’s also capped at international level with Zimbabwe, and will certainly feel as though he has a point to prove in the second tier of English football, after spending his youth career with both Ipswich and Norwich.

Bonne will be keen for regular first-team football with Lee Bowyer’s men this season, but will face a fierce amount of competition for a starting spot, with the likes of Lyle Taylor rivalling Bonne for the striking spot.

The Verdict: 

This could be a smart bit of business.

Bonne is a player who has really impressed me for Leyton Orient this season, although I do have my doubts as to whether he’s capable of making the step up to the Championship.

Only time will tell with this signing, but if he can hit the ground running, then the Addicks will have a player with a bright future on their hands.

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