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Football League World’s Charlton Athletic fan pundit Robert Smith cannot see his side making another move for Reading forward Sam Baldock in the summer.
The Reading Chronicle reported that Baldock was a target of the Addicks back in the summer only for the move to breakdown, although it remains to be seen whether Lee Bowyer and co. will revisit the deal in January.
However, Smith cannot see it happening.
“I doubt Charlton would make him a priority right now,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“That could change if Lyle Taylor leaves but with the form of Bonne I’m not convinced he would be the type of forward we would be looking at.
“I assume someone a bit younger and possibly more physical would be suited for us right now with rumours of interest in Armand Gnanduillet and Jonson Clarke-Harris.”
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Baldock was cast out of the Reading first-team by former manager Jose Gomes but since Mark Bowen has taken over from the Portuguese, the forward has found himself in contention once again.
So far this season the experienced marksman has made five Championship appearances and netted two goals, although there remains stiff competition in the Royals’ attack.
Since the summer, Charlton have kicked on in attack with both Lyle Taylor and Macauley Bonne proving they have what it takes to lead the line at this level, scoring five goals each so far.
As mentioned by Smith, the Addicks have been linked with other targets in recent weeks. Blackpool forward Arman Gnaduillet being the latest, having netted 10 goals in 16 League One games this season.