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Charlton still keen on Spurs striker despite Brighton interest
CHRIS Powell is not giving up on signing Jon Obika just yet after the Tottenham striker was linked with a loan move to Championship rivals Brighton.
Obika has been a top target for Charlton all summer after impressing during a loan stay at The Valley late last season.
However, the Addicks were rebuffed in their attempts to complete a permanent deal for the player this summer and reports elsewhere recently suggested Brighton are now in pole position to get Obika on loan, although Charlton manager Powell pointed out nothing has been decided yet.
“He is still at Spurs so it doesn’t mean he is not coming here, it doesn’t mean he is going to Brighton,” the SE7 chief said.
“He has been injured and hasn’t played so no-one knows where Jon Obika is going at present. He could still be a Spurs player at the end of the season. He is a player we like.
“We made enquiries during pre-season, they haven’t moved on but ultimately he hasn’t moved on.
“At the moment there is nothing happening with us with him but obviously nothing is happening with him going to Brighton either.
“I will always be interested in good players that will make us better and Jon Obika would make a difference to us, as he showed last year.”
Powell was also keen to stress the ball is now in Tottenham’s court.
He added: “It is down to Spurs what they want to do with their player, it is up to them where they want to pitch it and then it will be up to the player.
“We’ve thrown our hat in the ring, we can’t do any more than what we’ve done. We’ve made it clear we would like him to be here but ultimately we can’t force the issue.
“Spurs will have to agree it and so will Jon.
“At present he can only go on loan, before we were trying to see if we could get something permanent done.
“At the minute it would only be a loan deal but come January 1 those things can change.”
Powell also explained why another target, Evian midfielder Eric Tie Bi, had not completed a move to The Valley as had been expected before the transfer window closed.
He said: “We wanted to do a short term deal to maybe move it on to longer term.
“Evian didn’t want to do that and neither did the player so ultimately we felt it was too big a risk to do a longer term deal.
“We just felt we wanted to see him settle in and it sort of fell away in the end.
“That’s fine because I looked at the balance of the squad.
“We had Dale Stephens who is now performing at a very good level and has come to the fore.
“Young Jordan Cousins has come to the fore as well so in the end it may have been money that we didn’t need to spend.
“Looking at it we have enough midfielders I’m happy with that can do the job at the present time.”
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