World Cup striker makes unsurprising move from Valley to Kuwait

Picture by Keith Gillard

Picture by Keith Gillard

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Reza Ghoochannejhad has finally completed his sought after summer move away from The Valley.

The Iranian World Cup striker has joined Kuwaiti outfit Sporting Club on a one-year loan after scoring just one goal in 17 appearances for the Addicks since his January switch from Standard Liege.

Today’s news shouldn’t come as any real shock to Addicks fans after it was revealed a fortnight ago Ghoochannejhad had almost joined an unnamed Middle Eastern side, only for the move to fall through at the last minute.

News Shopper understands it was always the plan to let the player move on this summer because he only agreed to come to England in the first place in order to boost his profile ahead of the World Cup.

However, head coach Bob Peeters this afternoon suggested it was entirely down to the forward to move on now.

“It was Reza’s decision to leave,” the Valley chief told cafc.co.uk

“He told us that, after the World Cup, he wanted to go to another country and that was Kuwait.

“If a player wants to leave then it makes it difficult because their mind is already weak from wanting a transfer.

“That is why we made the decision to allow Reza to leave.

“Because Reza has left we may now look to see if we can bring in a replacement and see who is available, but at this moment we are working with the squad we have and I am happy with them.”

Meanwhile, speculation continues to grow Charlton are closing in on a deal to sign 22-year-old French striker Andy Delort.

The Addicks are strong favourites to complete the transfer, the only question now seemingly whether it will be finalised before Saturday’s trip to Brentford.

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