Addicks boss reluctant to be drawn on French striker speculation

The Charlton head coach was giving nothing away on the Andy Delort transfer. Picture by Keith Gillard.

The Charlton head coach was giving nothing away on the Andy Delort transfer. Picture by Keith Gillard.

First published in Sport News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , sports editor

Bob Peeters was staying tight lipped this lunchtime on mounting speculation Charlton were poised to snap up French striker Andy Delort.

The Addicks have been strongly linked with the 22-year-old Tours forward throughout this week, with Championship rivals Leeds United also reportedly in the running to secure his services.

But Valley head coach Peeters was giving nothing away at his weekly pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s opening game at Brentford – although tellingly he didn’t deny the fact Charlton might sign him.

“We are always interested in good players but at this moment there is no deal so I cannot talk about players who are not at Charlton,” Peeters said.

“I cannot look into the future.

“Ok, he is an interesting player and he has been on the radar I read in the newspapers for a lot of teams.

“He is an interesting player and we will see what happens.”

Peeters was then asked whether there would be any fresh faces drafted in before the London derby at Griffin Park.

“I don’t know, Brentford is only two days away so it is going to be a close call.

“We let a striker go, Reza Ghoochannejhad, so I expect to bring somebody in but I don’t know which time it is going to be.

“We still have until August 31 to sign players and we still have 40 games left so we are not in a rush because I’m focussing on the team we have now.

“There are already eight new players so it takes time to let them settle in.

“I don’t want to lose my focus now on speculation.”

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