Charlton director Richard Murray says one interested party is “very close” to agreeing a fee with Roland Duchatelet to buy the club.

Addicks owner Duchatelet is desperate to sell up.

And former Charlton chairman Murray, who has been kept in the loop over takeover talks, gave an update at a fans’ forum on Wednesday evening.

He said: “I have to sign a non-disclosure agreement so that means I can’t reveal names or certain other information.

“As far as I know, and I’m not kept in touch blow by blow, we still have two interested parties, I still believe one interested party is far closer to doing a deal because I think they are very close on a price with Roland.

“I think the price now is not going to hold up the deal which has got to be good news.”

Murray told Charlton staff that a takeover was likely to be completed this month.

But that date could now be pushed back due to the Addicks’ business in the January transfer window. Stephy Mavididi, Michal Zyro and Sullay Kaikai were signed on loan deals.

Murray added: “As far as timing is concerned, I did say to our staff down at the training ground that I hoped or thought February was the most likely month.

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“As typically happens, once the transfer window is closed we have an interesting situation.

“Charlton and probably most clubs in this division, lose a substantial amount of money each month.

“So the onus is on Roland to do a deal as soon as possible but the onus isn’t so much on the buyer because they can’t influence the club too much other than relaunching it. January ending does remove one obvious good point to get involved.”

There have been reports that Duchatelet would keep control of the Valley and the training ground if he sold the club.

However, Murray has squashed those rumours.

He said: “I heard this thing that Roland was keeping the Valley and selling the club, no, not that I’m aware.

“To my knowledge this (the sale) would be lock, stock and barrel.

“The training ground for any buyer is quite key as well. They realise that for a club like us the academy is essential.

“I think Jason (Morgan, chair of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust) is aware that the Trust is very much one of the assets which they (potential buyers) feel is linked to Charlton and can be expanded even further than it has been already.”

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