Monday, January 29, 2007

Walton back to Ipswich?

According to Ipswich sources, the Tractors and Charlton are in talks over Simon Walton's return on loan ahead of the transfer window closing on Wednesday. The 19-year-old was at Portman Road for Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup victory over Swansea City. Walton was with the Tractors from August until earlier this month, during which time he made 13 starts and six substitute appearances and scored three goals. The Leeds-born midfielder left his home town club in the summer, joining the Addicks for a fee of £500,000 rising to £1 million depending on appearances. The Tractors were originally denied an extension to Walton's loan by Les Reed but Alan Pardew is understood to be more sympathetic to the Tractors' requests to keep the England U19 international.

Some of the Addickted saw Walton's return as crucial to our survival trouble, others considered that he needed to learn to control his temper and that a further spell in the Chamnpionship might be helpful.

Rumours are linking Charlton with Arsenal's 19-year old Alexander Song, whether as a loan or a signing is not clear, probably the former.


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