Charlton must act swiftly to land Gillingham attacker Jordan Graham this summer amid interest from League One rivals.
According to Football League World, the Addicks are interested in signing the attacker this summer to bolster their attacking options going into next season. The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the month and is set to become a free agent in July, allowing Charlton to potentially sign him for nothing.
However, Charlton’s League One rivals Lincoln have stolen a march on their rivals in the race to land Graham. Football League World‘s report added that the beaten play-off finalists have already been in talks with Graham and have now firmed up their interest with a contract offer for the 26-year-old, with Charlton and Birmingham lagging behind the Imps in the transfer pursuit.
Gillingham manager Steve Evans was full of praise for the “outstanding” attacker in 2020 after an impressive showing against Burton. He told Kent Online: “He (Graham) was outstanding.
“Colin Daniel (the Burton left-back) is a great lad, he’s played for me (at Peterborough) but he didn’t know where he was when Jordan got on the ball, credit to Jordan.
“He is a confidence boy, you have to feed him and give him the ball, we have to get him to work a little bit harder but you could say that about every wide player in the world.”
Charlton must act swiftly to make sure that they win the race to land Graham. This update suggests that Lincoln are racing out in front but there is still time for the Addicks to accelerate and overtake their rivals to secure his services for next season. Nothing is done and dusted yet and Charlton still have the chance to make their own offer in an attempt to snap him up, which they should be looking to do given his quality.
Graham caught the eye with a string of dazzling performances in League One for Gillingham and he could be a superb addition to Nigel Adkins’ squad. The former Wolves winger averaged a brilliant SofaScore rating of 7.20 in League One as he produced a whopping 12 goals and six assists in 36 starts. This shows that he has the quality to produce regularly at this level, which proves that he is good enough to make a big impact for Charlton in League One.
The £2,100-per-week dynamo outperformed Charlton’s wide players by some distance. Liam Millar and Graham Shinnie regularly played on the wings for Adkins and provided five goals and 12 assists between them. Creatively, both of them matched Graham’s tally of six, but Shinnie’s three goals and Millar’s two fell well short of Graham’s 12-goal haul for Gillingham.
This suggests that the 26-year-old could be a substantial upgrade on Adkins’ current wide options because of the goal threat he carries, so they must not let Lincoln snap him up without at least putting up a fight.