Charlton must act swiftly after a major transfer update on Preston North End striker Jayden Stockley’s future.
According to the Lancashire Post, Portsmouth have been granted permission to open talks with Jayden Stockley over a potential move to Fratton Park. Preston North End have allowed Portsmouth to speak to Stockley regarding personal terms as the League One outfit chases a deal for the striker.
Charlton have been heavily linked with a return for the forward following his loan spell at The Valley at the backend of the 2020/21 campaign. The Lancashire Post does name Charlton as one of the other interested parties, alongside Rotherham and Ipswich, but Portsmouth appear to be winning the race for his signature.
Earlier this season, Charlton boss Nigel Adkins hailed “phenomenal” centre-forward. Adkins said he was a handful for opposition defenders and carried a massive threat in the games. He told London News Online:
“Jayden Stockley was magnificent yet again. He works his socks off. In the last minute of the game he is down near our corner flag, winning the ball.
“He just kept going – phenomenal. He is such a massive threat. If we can just improve the quality to him, he is such a handful in this division.”
Charlton and Nigel Adkins must act now if they want to seal a deal for Stockley this summer. Portsmouth are running away from them in the race to land the 27-year-old and Charlton risk missing out altogether if they do not make a concrete move in the coming days
If Charlton dawdle and fail to declare their interest soon, Pompey could have a clear run at the attacker and agree personal terms and a transfer fee to take him to Fratton Park ahead of next season.
This means that Charlton risk facing a major blow in the transfer window unless they act now and submit an offer of their own to Preston and to Stockley. The forward proved his worth to Charlton during his time on loan with the club and would be able to slot straight into the squad as he is already accustomed to Adkins’ style of play and what he demands from his players.
Earlier this week, the Lancashire Post claimed that Stockley favoured a move to Charlton on a permanent basis over any other League One club. This suggests that Charlton could still be able to seal a deal for the player in spite of Pompey’s progress if they act quickly. He could decide to turn down Danny Crowley’s side if there is a chance that he can return to The Valley next season.
The £810k-rated ace caught the eye with his displays at Charlton. He scored eight and assisted two goals in 22 League One appearances for the Addicks, averaging a sublime WhoScored rating of 7.41. No Charlton player came close to Stockley’s rating, with Jake Forster-Caskey’s 7.19 taking second place, showing how important Stockley was to the club in the second half of the season and why Charlton must act quickly to secure a permanent deal for him.