Charlton’s Lee Bowyer will bring in five loan signings before the transfer window closes.

Bowyer, alongside Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen, are working with the lowest budget in the Championship and see the arrival of the maximum allocation of five loan recruits as a necessity to compete in the division.

Similar to last season, the club are leaving their dealings until the end of the window but Bowyer is aware of what positions he needs to fill and is confident of doing so despite the struggles of operating under the clubs strict financial restraints.

“The five players we will be bringing in will be midfielders or strikers,” he said.

“We have to get five in, because of numbers.

“When you play Saturday and Tuesday we’ll have to rotate.

“At the back we are solid, we’ve two very good goalkeepers, eight defenders, so we have got two for every position and we are solid everywhere.

“But the middle of the park we are short of numbers and in the attacking third.”


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Despite bringing in six new players on permanent contracts, Bowyer admitted it has been a frustrating time in getting signings over the line, be it on a permanent or loan basis

“One minute I think we’ve got someone through the door, and the next he’s going somewhere else.

“But I’m confident, it’s a good club and an attractive club.

“We’ve loaned players last season and we’ve sent players back better than when they arrived so clubs will recognise that so I have no doubt that will happen again.

“We just have to be patient, we can’t make rash decisions.”

And before Addicks fans thought they were expected to get a windfall from the sell-on clause in Ademola Lookman’s £22million move from Everton to RB Leipzig, the manager was quick to quash the notion they were going to get a transfer kitty cash injection.

“No, we won’t be getting any of that!

“Because that’s not part of our budget.”


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