Powell on Kermorgant and potential striker replacements

Yannn Kermorgant (above) returned to training with Charlton this morning. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

Yannn Kermorgant (above) returned to training with Charlton this morning. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

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YANN Kermorgant’s future remains unclear after the striker returned to Sparrows Lane for training this morning having discussed a move to AFC Bournemouth yesterday.

The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and although he has been offered a new deal to stay in SE7, it is believed to be less than what he is currently on.

Bournemouth are understood to have made the 32-year-old an increase on his current terms and the Addicks granted the player permission yesterday to hold talks with their Championship rivals.

However, with nothing signed yet the forward has returned to Charlton – for now.

Powell said this morning: “Yann is in today, it’s not like it is imminent.

“Obviously there has been an enquiry made, I don’t know how far down the line that’s got.

“I don’t know if they’ve agreed a fee with the club.

“That’s something that will need to be done within the next 48 hours one way or another.”

When asked if there was any chance Charlton could now equal or better Bournemouth’s offer, Powell replied: “We’ve had discussions on contracts with Yann and his advisors so I don’t think it is a case of matching them, I think it is a case of Yann may not want to do it, and personally I hope he doesn’t.

“He has been a magnificent player for this football club and for me, arguably my best signing.

“But we will have to wait and see how that one develops.

“We’ve got less than 48 hours until the window shuts so we will have to wait and see.”

Yesterday’s news of Kermorgant’s potential exit angered Addicks fans when it broke and Powell was asked what he would say to the club’s supporters to explain a possible switch to the south coast.

He said: “It is a decision the club are making with regards to the fact he has got six months to go.

“Maybe they are looking at his age as well.

“But obviously he has been a top player.

“He is a very, very good player, very under-rated in my eyes.

“Sometimes these decisions are made.

“With regards to Yann and his position and the contract, and obviously if they don’t agree with the discussions that his advisors have had, obviously you’ve got to look at other options and alternatives.

“I think that is the route that has been taken and we will see where it goes.”

If Kermorgant does depart the Addicks have already been linked with a string of potential replacements, including 20-year-old Polish striker Piotr Pazryszek.

Powell said: “He has scored goals in Holland, his record is decent and I’ve seen he has been linked with one or two clubs.

“But he is someone that has been on our radar for a while and there is still time before 11pm Friday whether our enquiries will go any further.”

Another potential target is 22-year-old French forward Cedric Bakambu, who is currently with Sochaux.

The Valley boss said: “Another one very similar to Piotr Parzyszek but I’m led to believe a number of clubs are looking at him, one or two Premier League clubs.

“Again he is one we’ve made enquiries for but we will see how far that goes.”

The Addicks have signed Reza Ghoochannejhad on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Standard Liege this lunchtime and the Iranian is expected to travel north for this weekend’s trip to Wigan Athletic.

Powell said: “I’ve seen him before and he’s going to the world cup with Iran, he has scored goals at different levels, Belgium and Holland.

“He’s signed on a permanent so he comes into the stable of strikers.

“Obviously we haven’t scored enough goals this season and we need to boost that area.

“He’s come in and he’s hard working he likes to get in the areas to score goals.

“We need him to do that straight away.

“He has pace, is hard working and wins fouls, which you want that to happen, especially in the attacking thirds. He is a decent link up player, but he wants to get in the box.

“In that regard you have to give him the service and create more chances.

“We’re looking forward to him scoring goals and moving us up the table.”

However, the chances of reported target Simeon Jackson joining the club from German side Eintracht Braunschweig look slim after he was linked with rivals Millwall.

“I believe there has been discussions with his club and his advisor but there is nothing doing at the moment,” said Powell.

“Whether something will happen there I don’t know.

“Now you’ve mentioned another club (Millwall) he is obviously looking at it and his advisors are as well so we will have to wait and see what happens there.”

* Powell also confirmed youngster Joe Pigott was likely to go out on loan to Gillingham once the loan window opens, with midfielder Mark Gower also likely to make a similar exit to a lower league club once he returns to full fitness.

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