Charlton Athletic look set to bolster their midfield options with the signing of Ivorian Eric Tie Bi from French club Evian.

The 23-year-old, who trained with Hull City earlier on this summer, has spent the week on trial at Charlton’s Sparrows Lane training ground as The Addicks look to strengthen following their less than spectacular start to the season.

With the former Lyon trainee impressing manager Chris Powell, a move looks set to be made to secure Tie Bi’s services.

When speaking to News Shopper about the potential new addition to his squad, Powell said: “Eric has been in, he is someone we’ve seen before and we had the opportunity to bring him in this week.

“He was meant to come in on Monday but had a horrendous journey so he came in Tuesday, acquitted himself very well and hopefully he will train with us possibly until the end of the week. I hope he does and I hope he is here for the game on Saturday. If we are going to take it any further then we will do that.”

And Powell’s chances of taking it further and sealing a deal for the holding midfielder, who has 66 league appearances under his belt for Evian, have been improved after he revealed it’s likely no fee will be involved in the transfer.

“I don’t think so from what we are told but you have to discuss these things with the clubs, but I’ve got a feeling there won’t be,” said Powell when asked about the possibility of a move for Tie Bi denting the club’s already stretched finances.

“Whether it turns into a permanent or possibly even loan just so he gets used to being in London and England because that is another factor – you can sign players they’ve never been here before. “At the moment it is too early to say exactly how everything will go.”

Charlton will look to improve on a disappointing start to the campaign when they face Doncaster this weekend. 

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