According to TalkSport, Charlton are among a number of clubs keeping a close eye on Leyton Orient’s Macauley Bonne, although they will have to fend off competition from two Premier League clubs in the shape of newly-promoted Sheffield United and 2015/16 champions Leicester City.
With Roland Duchatelet presumably reluctant to provide much in the way of financial backing once again this summer, Lee Bowyer – or whoever is in the dugout – could be required to make some frugal signings in the coming months. Red-hot striker Bonne could be just that.
Well, TalkSport reports that the Zimbabwe international is a man in demand this summer having fired the O’s back to League Two in 2018/19, chalking up an impressive 23 goals and four assists in 46 appearances.
The 23-year-old is believed to have been offered much-improved terms to convince him to stay at Brisbane Road, although it’s pretty much out of their hands – there is a release clause of just £200,000 in his contract, meaning any of the interested parties can get him on the cheap.
That should please Duchatelet, who has been particularly tight-pocketed in recent windows, as he desperately tries to sell the club, although boss Lee Bowyer will be hoping that he can become the Addicks’ next Joe Aribo by chalking up a lethal partnership with Lyle Taylor up front.
The former Colchester United hitman has found his form in the Vanarama National League, with his goals helping Orient to a first-place finish and 89 points, although his journey with the club could end this summer.
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Charlton are no strangers to snatching up young players who have impressed in the lower leagues having brought Aribo from Staines Town to The Valley in 2015. Now the midfielder is a target for Aston Villa having recorded an impressive goal-scoring campaign. Could Bonne adapt too?
Meanwhile, Lyle Taylor has fired himself among the stars this season, netting 25 goals in all-competitions. If Bonne can score half as many goals as he has in the fifth tier, then Charlton will restore the two-pronged, lethal partnership that was split up when Karlan Grant departed for Huddersfield in January. The Terriers speedster scored some quality goals thereafter, thus proving a two league jump is doable – Bonne should take note.