Monday, July 24, 2006

Charlton in for Swedish keeper

It has been confirmed that Charlton are interested in Rennes goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson who would be a replacement for Thomas Myhre should he move to Chevio. The news was released by the player's agent, Roger Ljung, who also denied that any imminent move was about to take place [no doubt seeking to stoke up interest from other clubs and push up the asking price].

'Charlton is one of the clubs interested in Andreas,' confirmed Ljung. 'Nothing will happen regarding Andreas the coming few days.'

Isaksson was impressive in Sweden's run at this summer's World Cup Finals and is also said to have attracted interest from German clubs. Having arrived in France to replace Chelsea-bound Peter Cech, Isaksson has admitted that he would love a move to the Premiership. 'It would be a dream to play in the Premier League,' admitted the keeper who said that he had grown up in Sweden with the Premiership. Previous Swedish players at The Valley in the recent past include Svensson and Pringle, both of whose stay at Charlton was blighted by injury.

Many other rumours are swirling around about possible targets, with the Addickted increasingly anxious about the midfield. However, Holland and Marcus Bent may move to Reading as part of the long awaited Sidwell deal, while Newcastle are reported to have bid a paltry £1m for the Herminator.

Somewhat more reliable is a report from sources close to Sparrows Lane which says that James Walker, dropped at the end of last season, is to sign a three month contract to show what he can do. Iain Dowie seems to be more willing to risk young players than his cautious predecessor.


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