By the end of today, Jake Forster-Caskey should have been signed on a permanent deal from Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.
Forster-Caskey is a central midfielder that Karl Robinson has had his eye on coming into the transfer window and it would seem he will secure his services, fending off competition from the likes of MK Dons.
The central midfielder worked under Karl Robinson last season at MK Dons, on a loan spell from Brighton and Hove Albion.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Charlton target, Samir Carruthers from MK Dons, had been signed by Sheffield United on a 3.5 year deal for an undisclosed fee. However, Robinson has an extensive transfer target list, and has now turned his attention to the Blackpool attacking midfielder, Brad Potts.
Potts joined Blackpool back in 2015 from Carlisle United, and has been a potent attacking force for the Tangerines, scoring 37 goals in 80 appearances, and would be a perfect fit for the expansive and attacking football Robinson is trying to build at The Valley.
Robinson is also looking to obtain a natural number 10 in Ben Reeves, who is currently playing for Robinson’s former club. It is understood that Robinson is in formal discussions with MK Dons, and is keen to bring the 25 year old to Southeast London.
Today, Kevin Foley’s contract deal officially expires, and it is understood that Charlton will not be renewing his services, and that in fact, the Bristol Rovers game, was the last time he will enter the field of play in a Charlton shirt. Instead, the Addicks have been eyeing a move for the Wigan wing-back, Nathan Byrne, who will be an expansive and attacking replacement for Kevin Foley. It is also worth noting that Byrne has the ability to play as a winger.
Therefore, the following names which are on Karl Robinson’s list and hold weight in terms of speculation, are as follows:
- Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) – Central Midfielder
- Brad Potts (Blackpool) – Attacking Midfielder
- Ben Reeves (MK Dons) – Number 10
- Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) – Wing Back
It is understood that Karl Robinson is aiming for a total of six signings by the end of the Winter transfer window, and with Jay Dasilva being the only signing so far, we can expect another five.
We know for sure that at least another three are coming to Southeast London in the immediate future, after the highly respected TalkSport host and journalist, Jim White, stated that Charlton are set to sign a player on a permanent deal, followed by two more.
Tony Watt was an unexpected return for the Addicks, after the Hearts management team decided to terminate Watt’s contract, due to him apparently falling out with the coaching team and fellow players. This is not the first time that Tony Watt has struggled professionally, but it seems that Karl Robinson has spoken with the striker, and is willing to give him a chance in the red shirt once again.
Another name mentioned with Charlton but unlikely, is the Grimsby Town striker, Omar Bogle, who has been prolific for the newly returning EFL side, scoring 31 goals in 64 appearances. Karl Robinson did mention in his post-match press conference after Southend, that he was possibly looking for a new striker, and Bogle would be a good signing. However, there is a large amount of competition for the prolific striker throughout the EFL. And it is possible that Robinson is now satisfied with Watt filling that striker void, after his unexpected return to The Valley.
Expected Outs: Ademola Lookman (£11m), Morgan Fox (£1.7m) and Kevin Foley (contract expiration)
(Possible) Ins: Jay Dasilva (LB), Tony Watt (ST), Jake Forster-Caskey (CM), Brad Potts (AM), Ben Reeves (M#10) and Nathan Byrne (RB).