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Liverpool are close to confirming the signing of the summer with the addition of defender Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic.

The academy graduate has risen to prominence over the course of last season and is just the latest in a long line of talented players to emerge from the south-London club's youth ranks.

Although relatively unknown outside the walls of the Valley, Gomez is a player of supreme talent who looks set to go on and have a long successful career in the Premier League.

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However, that needn't be a surprise as Charlton have a long history of producing players that have gone on to flourish in the Premier League.

JERMAIN DEFOE

It is often believed that Jermain Defoe was a product of the West ham academy but unbeknown to many he was in fact originally brought through at Charlton Athletic.

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Moving to West Ham as a 16-year-old in 1999, the transfer was at the time shrouded in controversy as the two clubs were in disagreement over the compensation that should be awarded.

During spells at West Ham and Portsmouth as well as two stints at Tottenham Hotspur, Defoe has amassed transfer fees totalling in excess of £30 million.

Combined with his move to Sunderland, the former England strike has amassed 139 Premier League goals to become the league's 11th highest scorer of all time, ahead of the likes of Didier Drogba, Steven Gerrard and Nicolas Anelka.

SCOTT PARKER

The former Charlton captain is perhaps the most well known of all Addicks' graduates to appear in the Premiership.

Captaining Charlton during his time at the club he led a team which climbed to as high as 5th place in Premier League at the time of his sale mid-way through the 2003-04 season. 

Opting to head across to west London to join Roman Abramovich's  revolution at Chelsea Parker was part of the team which won the Premier League title in 2005-05, their first in 50 years.

Although he did not play regularly for the Blues, more successful spells at Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur ensued to earn him a place in the England national set-up.

He still continues to play in the Championship for Fulham but perhaps his career highlight came in 2011 when he was named football writers association player of the year.

JONJO SHELVEY

One of the more recent former Charlton players to now appear in the Premier League along with Carl Jenkinson, Jonjo Shelvey became the club's youngest ever player to appear in their first-team aged 16 years and 59 days.

The midfielder first drew Liverpool's attention to the Charlton academy when they agreed a deal of £1.7 million to sign him in 2010.

Perhaps still too young at the time to make a real impression in the Liverpool team his appearances were limited but that didn't prevent him gaining a first cap in Fabio Capello's England squad.

It is at Swansea, however, where he has found his best form becoming a regular in the midfield over the course of the last two seasons.

Such has been in his form that he is now a reported target for Tottenham Hotspur as they reportedly seek to sign the former Addick this summer.

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Jermain Defoe
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Swansea City
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