Charlton Athletic are interested in moves for midfielder Ollie Clarke and striker Jonson Clarke-Harris from Bristol Rovers, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
Following a promising start to the campaign, a run of just one win in their last 16 league games, which has seen the Addicks slip to 19th in the Championship table, five points clear of the relegation, meaning they may need to strengthen this month to secure their second-tier survival this season.
That appears to have led them to Bristol Rovers, with Nixon’s latest update claiming that the club are particularly interested in Clarke, while also monitoring the progress of Clarke-Harris ahead of a potential bid.
Charlton. Very keen on Bristol Rovers skipper Clarke. Midfield. They’re also watching striker Clarke-Harris. This could get confusing …
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 19, 2020
A graduate of the club’s academy Clarke has made 261 appearances in all competitions for Bristol Rovers since his debut in 2011, helping them win back to back promotions from the National League to League One between 2014 and 2016.
Clarke-Harris meanwhile has been a big hit for the Gas since joining from Coventry City last January, going onto score 23 goals in 43 appearances in total for the club.
Bristol Rovers themselves are currently 13th in the League One standings, five points adrift of the third-tier play-off places.
I’m not sure whether this may be the best of moves for Charlton.
While it does feel as though they need additions this month, if only to boost the numbers in their side after again naming just six substitutes at Preston on Saturday, I’m not sure if these will be the best additions.
In spite of their respective successes with Bristol Rovers, Clarke has never played in the Championship before, while Clarke-Harris’ past time in the second-tier hasn’t exactly been prolific, meaning you have to wonder whether they will be capable of stepping up in the way the Addicks may need them to if they are to secure their Championship status in the next few months.