With Charlton fans praying that the club will sign some strikers before the season kicks-off, manager Chris Powell has put his faith in former Reading striker Simon Church by offering him the chance to train with the Addicks.
Church, who rejected the offer of a new deal at Reading at the end of last season, is available on a free and will look to impress Powell and his staff in order to earn a contract with Charlton.
The 24-year-old, who spent the end of last season on loan at Huddersfield, joins Ricardo Fuller in spending time training at Sparrows Lane.
It’s unclear as to whether Church will play in Charlton’s final pre-season friendly on Saturday, at home to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but with the Addicks desperate for attacking options, it’s likely Powell will want to take a look at the Welsh international in a match situation.
With just one senior striker, Yann Kermorgant currently at the Valley, Powell has reiterated his desire to bring in at least two additions to the strike force.
Speaking to CAFC.co.uk, Powell said: “It is no secret that I am after another one or two, or even three, strikers because we need to boost that area with senior players who know the Championship. It is on-going, but I am helpful I will get them in before kick-off.”
Powell’s frustration has only grown with the knowledge that a deal for trialist Adamo Coulibaly now looks unlikely. Coulibaly, who featured in friendlies against AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth, returned to France to trial with Lens.
“We are the last to know about anything that is going on. I don’t envisage him coming back. He has about 85 agents so I really can’t see anything happening in that respect. He did make an impression and I did say I would like him back, but I can’t really see it,” Powell said when discussing Coulibaly’s situation.
Another option for Powell is Jonathan Obika, who continues to be linked with the club following a successful spell on loan from Tottenham last season.
“We have put a phone call in, bust as with most things it does take time. Who knows? We may get him in a red shirt again. That would be great,” admitted Powell.
With Fuller expressing a desire to remain at the club, Powell has a number of opportunities to bring in a variety of strikers. But with time running out until the start of the season, Powell will be working around the clock to seal deals for his forward targets.
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