Bowyer revels Sunderland striker signing
Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer is keen to add a new striker to his ranks before the Championship season kicks off in ten days but has revealed that he has just lost out on a forward target to Sunderland.
Speaking yesterday, Bowyer revealed that he wanted to sign the unnamed striker in question but has lost out on his signature to Sunderland:
It seems like everyone we want, we get, but I can assure you that is not the case.
There was a striker we wanted but he’s just gone to Sunderland. So, we’re competing with League One clubs. That’s the reality of it. We don’t always get the people we’re trying to pursue but we’ll keep working hard and going through our list.
We’ll move on. We’ve got a lot of people that we like. There’s a lot of good players out there. It’s trying to pick the right ones and hope that they choose us over the other clubs that are obviously chasing them as well.
Charlton have most recently been linked with permanent moves for John Marquis, Sam Baldock and Ross McCormack, all of whom have been linked with moves to Sunderland in the past.
The Addicks have also been linked with a loan move for young Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah but Bowyer believes his pre-season performances have put him out of reach of the South London club:
It is looking difficult.
He is in the first-team and doing well in the first-team. I can’t see them letting him out on loan.
Academy product signs for Salford
Sunderland academy product Martin Smith has signed a two-year deal with Salford City, the Greater Manchester-based outfit part-owned by Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.
Graham Alexander swooped for the midfielder after he was released by Swindon Town at the end of the season and Smith was delighted to sign for the League Two newcomers:
It’s a great feeling, something which I wanted to be a part of, a great club which is on the rise and there are some really good people.
I think that’s the foundation for a club, so it’s brilliant to be a part of it and I can’t wait to get going.
Park set to plot against former club
Former Celtic chief scout John Park had been linked with a move to Sunderland had Mark Campbell’s takeover of the club gone through.
Park had been set for the role of Director of Football but that possibility is now dead according to the Scottish Sun after Campbell’s deal fell though.
He is currently a football consultant to Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv and could help his current club overcome his former side Celtic in the Champions League third qualifying round, should both sides overcome their second round opponents - Celtic vs Nomme Kalju and Maccabi against CFR Cluj.
Campbell trains with non-league side
Former Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell is currently training with non-league side Brighouse Town while he looks for a new club.
The 31-year-old left Hull City at the end of the season and has yet to find a new club, despite being linked with the likes of Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers and Millwall.
With his future yet to be decided, Campbell has been training with Brighouse of the Northern Premier League North West Division to keep his fitness up while he decides his next move.