Having already secured the services of six new players this summer, Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer could now be about to add Erhun Oztumer to his growing roster of players ahead of the upcoming Championship campaign.
According to Vital Charlton, the Addicks are reportedly closing in on sealing a switch for the 28-year-old who is in discussions with the PFA over his battle to terminate the final year of his contract at Bolton Wanderers (via the Bolton News).
Due to the scenario that Oztumer currently finds himself in at the University of Bolton Stadium, it is unclear whether Charlton will have to agree a fee with the Trotters in order to complete a deal.
Having played in League One for the majority of his career, the midfielder finally got his first taste of Championship football last season but was unable to prevent Bolton from being relegated to the third-tier in May.
The Trotters’ financial woes have already resulted in the departure of nine players in recent months with more expected to leave between now and August 8th.
If this news turns out to be true and Oztumer makes to Charlton, Bowyer could very well reap the rewards of this particular signing over the coming years.
Although he only featured on 17 occasions for a Bolton side who ended up finishing 12 points adrift of safety in the second-tier earlier this year, the midfielder did still manage to display some real moments of quality.
An undeniably gifted player who is capable of changing games in an instant, Oztumer could help to fill the void left by influential midfielder Joe Aribo who moved to Rangers last month.
However, if the former Walsall ace is to claim a regular spot in Bowyer’s starting eleven next season, he must first prove that he is good enough to overtake the likes of Jonathan Williams and Darren Pratley in the pecking order at the Valley.