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Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer is taking steps to get his side’s season back on track, with the Addicks on the slide and finding themselves only five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.
One option Bowyer is considering is a move for Bristol Rovers duo Ollie Clarke and Jonson Clarke-Harris, according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.
Clarke, 27, could be seen as the man to replace Conor Gallagher at the Valley after he returned to Chelsea and moved on to Swansea City while Clarke-Harris is also on Bowyer’s radar, with the striker having been in prolific form since joining Rovers in January last year from Coventry City.
So would the Rovers duo be good signings for Charlton and are they actually needed?
“Given that they have just lost Conor Gallagher and look set to lose Lyle Taylor in the coming two weeks, I think that these two signings could help Charlton soften the blow of these two departures.
“The Addicks need to add in midfield and attack if they are to stave off the lingering threat of being dragged into a relegation battle, and these two could be very solid additions for Lee Bowyer.
“Clarke, in midfield, has captained the Bristol Rovers side that currently sits 13th after a run of six games without a win has seen them slump to five points off the top six, while Clarke-Harris has hit nine goals so far this season after 11 in 16 last term, showing his goalscoring ability for the first time in his career.
“Clarke and Clarke-Harris would certainly add quality in the positions that Bowyer needs, and could offer similar qualities to the outgoings, especially when comparing Clarke-Harris to Taylor.”
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“The deal makes perfect sense for Charlton who are determined to bolster their squad.
“With several high profile players having their future called into question, there’s a real need to sign players who are affordable but can step up to Championship level.
“Ollie Clarke and Jonson Clarke-Harris certainly fit that bill, but getting a deal done could be easier said than done.
“It’s highly unlikely that Bristol Rovers would allow two of their best players to leave for The Valley – particularly considering their outside hopes of reaching the play-offs.
“While a deal for one of them could be agreed, it’ll be nearly impossible to get both of them on board during the January transfer window.
“Perhaps this is one for the Addicks to revisit in the summer.”
“These could both be smart additions to the Charlton squad this month.
“Clarke Harris has really impressed me this term, and already has 11 goals to his name in all competitions so far this season.
“The Addicks need competition for places up front with Jonathan Leko out injured, and Lyle Taylor’s future at The Valley looking bleak as the January transfer window progresses.
“Ollie Clarke would add to the depth in the first team squad with Charlton, and I think Lee Bowyer is making a smart move in targeting the pair who haven’t been in the best run of form with Bristol Rovers in recent weeks.
“They’ve got a sizeable injury list at the moment, which is meaning that the Addicks boss is having to play a number of younger players, who arguably aren’t quite up to the standard in the Championship so early into their careers.”