Lee Bowyer offered no guarantees that Karlan Grant will be a Charlton player on February 1st amid transfer speculation around the striker.

Huddersfield are the latest team to be linked with the 14-goal forward but Bowyer was hoping the 21-year-old will be here for the remainder of the season.

“Do I think he’ll go? I hope he doesn’t,” said Bowyer.

“We wouldn’t be able to replace him, not what he brings to us, I hope he doesn’t go - I’ve said that to him on more than one occasion.

“I’m a realist and I have to be honest, he’s a good player.

“He’s a young player scoring goals.

“He’s brought attention to himself and rightly so, he’s improved a lot in a short space of time so of course clubs will be looking at him.

“But we’ll see what happens, I hope he’s here February 1st.”

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Bowyer revealed he’s under no instructions to sell Grant from the powers above but admitted it is their decision ‘at the end of the day.’

The manager feels now would be a bad time to leave promotion chasing Charlton and urged his striker to continue his form despite understandably having his head turned.

“Our two strikers have got nearly 30 goals between them.

“They might not be playing the next few games, so it'd be down to us to bring in bodies and try and replace him if he(Grant) goes, but I’m confident he’ll stay.

“There’s no reason to leave now, why not go score another 14 or 15 goals between now and the end of the season and see what move you can get then?!

“But if his head is turned, well it’s understandable- it’s a Premiership club that are interested, and of course everyone wants to play at the highest level, but I’m hopeful that he doesn’t go.”

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Asked whether the speculation surrounding a move has affected the striker, Bowyer said:

“No, he’s a professional and he knows I would never let him or anybody drop off their standards because you know you’ve got players just waiting to come in, and that’s in every position.

“No-one is bigger than the team, so he has to produce every day, that’s not just match day that’s in training, and he was excellent.”

Charlton travel to Peterborough on Saturday.