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What is the latest news with Charlie Kirk at Charlton Athletic amid Reading and Hibernian links?



Charlie Kirk has not settled in well with Charlton Athletic since his arrival from Crewe Alexandra in 2021.

The winger spent the second half of last season on loan with Blackpool, where he was seemingly far more comfortable.

With the Tangerines, Kirk earned three assists from nine Championship appearances.

But his inability to perform to quite the same level with the Addicks has seen suggestions that he could depart this summer.

It has been reported that both Reading, Blackpool and Hibernian are interested in making a move for the 24-year old.

Charlton paid £500,000 to sign him from Crewe last year and are now looking to recoup as much of that transfer fee as possible in any potential sale this summer.

The League One side are open to a sale, with new manager Ben Garner hoping to receive funds that can then be reinvested back into his rebuild of the current squad.

Blackpool initially turned down an option to buy the player permanently that they held from the loan agreement the two clubs came to last January.

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But following the Seasiders’ sale of Demetri Mitchell to Hibs, the club are now back in the market for the Charlton man.

Kirk has a contract running until 2025, but given his lack of role in the team the club may look to cut a deal in order to offload him from the squad.

However, that could yet make any Reading involvement in a deal complicated as the Royals are subject to transfer restrictions this summer.

The Championship club is only allowed to sign players on a free, or as a loan deal due to sanctions brought down by the EFL, who will also be scrutinising any agreements closely. 

If Paul Ince wants to add the attacking player to his squad then both clubs will need to get creative over securing a deal.

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