Rumours are circulating in the French press that Championship side Charlton Athletic are keen on signing Paris Saint-Germain’s Jean-Christophe Bahebeck.
The 21-year-old PSG attacker has been loaned to fellow French sides Valenciennes and Troyes over the last two seasons, but any deal with the Addicks would most likely be a permanent one.
If a deal is done, Bahebeck will come to the London side with good pedigree, having been a part of the French u-20 side that won the 2013 World Cup. It was that side that helped form part of the France squad of this year’s World Cup, with players such as Paul Pogba and Lucas Digne having made the step up.
It was only three years ago that Bahebeck was being linked with moves to Manchester City and Chelsea, but with the Parisian club’s growing reputation as a force in European football came the inevitability of less playing time for a young and unproven forward, given his competition in recent years has come in the form of Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Pastore and co.
Charlton’s faltering attack last season left them in trouble at the bottom of the league, which new boss Bob Peeters has clearly recognised given the early additions of Franck Moussa and Igor Vetokele. Bahebeck has a fair level of experience in the top division of French football, scoring twice in 19 appearances last season for Valenciennes.
It has been suggested that any transfer deal for the speedy attacker would most likely have to include a 50% sell-on clause in his contract, but it is unknown whether this latest development will in any way deter Charlton and Peeters, or for that matter, club Director Katrien Meire.