Ben Amos was one of the Football League’s best goalkeepers last season, making some unbelievable stops including one against Shrewsbury Town in the League One play-off semi-finals.
His form means that he may well have earned a starting spot at parent club Bolton Wanderers for the new season.
Whilst that is great for Amos it leaves the Addicks in a sticky situation with only one goalkeeper in their ranks, youth graduate Dillon Phillips.
But Phillips was limited to appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy and League Cup last season so lacks the first team experience Charlton will need if they are to be promoted this season.
Charlton are yet to bring in any players this season, with Ivor Vetokele returning on loan the most exciting action of the window so far.
Southend United have a habit of finding top quality goalkeepers. Daniel Bentley got a big move to Brentford a few seasons ago after two brilliant seasons with the Shrimpers.
Now, it is Mark Oxley’s turn to impress between the sticks.
The 28-year-old kept 15 clean sheets last season as Chris Powell led the Essex club on a charge up the League One table.
He is a commanding goalkeeper with excellent positional sense as well as an ability to pull off spectacular saves.
Oxley’s contract at Roots Hall does not expire for another three years, meaning that if Charlton are to make him theirs, they will have to pay Southend a hefty sum.
Southend signed Oxley from Hibernian at the start of the 2016/17 season as Bentley’s replacement and his value will have increased massively since then.
But this is the perfect opportunity for Charlton manager Lee Bowyer to make a real statement of intent in the transfer market, by bringing in one of the league’s best goalkeepers, if not the best.
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