Richard Murray believes Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet will sell up next month.

The unpopular Belgian tycoon has been trying to flog the club for the past year.

And Addicks director Murray, who is in contact with Duchatelet, met with the Charlton Supporters’ Trust to discuss the future of the club yesterday.

The former Valley chairman said: “My opinion, and this is only an opinion of what might happen, I would say the most likely month is February.

“Everybody who has looked at it in the last few months has always said January is very important for obvious reasons because they can make a difference.

“However, it hasn’t pushed anyone to accelerate or walk away.

“Anyone that is going to look at a club has to look at it from a minimum of five years. Who knows, if it happens the last week in January that would be great for everyone but my gut feeling is it won’t.”

A Scottish consortium, led by former Rangers boss Alex McLeish, have been linked with buying the club.

And Murray provided an update on the takeover talks between Duchatelet and the interested parties.

He added: “Just even last week we had two approaches, so as with any club which is up for sale and Roland has made it very clear that the club is up for sale, it attracts all sorts.

“We’re getting approaches all the time, normally from agents.

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“They’ll reference they have someone interested subject to due diligence and price because due diligence takes time up from the club. Roland almost wants to get into a price range first before giving permission for due diligence.

“Charlton, subject to price, is a very attractive club because London still has a huge advantage. 

“A number of consortiums have done due diligence which I always think is relevant because that means they have made an investment.

“We only get involved at this end to show people around and discuss the club, we don’t know every single transaction that may or may not be going on. I’m aware of two consortiums and one is further ahead than the other. They are still in negotiations - they are active.

“Those doing due diligence must have talked around a value to know it is worth them doing it.”

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