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Charlton Athletic weighing up raid for playmaker as Championship prep begins

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Charlton Athletic are still keen on Bolton Wanderers playmaker Erhun Oztumer despite a failed raid in February, as reported by the South London Press.

Oztumer swapped League One for the Championship last summer when he left Walsall for the University of Bolton Stadium, but a tough season in the north west saw his side relegated, replaced by the Addicks.

They allegedly failed with a bid in February, but it’s now thought that Lee Bowyer’s side could revisit their former target, but only after strengthening in other areas.

He even went to the Valley to sign in the winter window, as revealed by Lee Bowyer. He said at the time; “I feel sorry for the lad. He was at the ground to sign the paper … The kid was gutted. We had it all lined up but it didn’t go our way.”

Since then the two sides have swapped levels and it seems a move for the former Dulwich Hamlet attacker is back on the cards.

Oztumer is no stranger to Charlton, having begun his youth career there before drifting into non-league football with Fisher Athletic.

He also spent time over in Turkey, as a youth with Manisaspor before signing his first professional contract with top flight side Sivasspor and latterly Anadolu Üsküdar.

The Verdict

This would be a great move for the Addicks. Oztumer struggled last season, but he’s got undoubted quality and the same fighting spirit that has been evident all season in the Charlton side.

Having battled back from non-league football twice, he’s shown great character and he was excellent two years ago for Walsall. If the fee is right, this could be exactly what he needs to kickstart his career.

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