An update has emerged on Charlton’s summer transfer plans, regarding Wigan forward Viv Solomon-Otabor.
According to Nigerian Soccer, as relayed by the Sunderland Echo, Charlton are one of the clubs eyeing up Wigan forward Viv Solomon-Otabor. The forward is out of contract at the end of the month and the Addicks are weighing up a move to sign him on a free transfer, along with their League One rivals Sunderland and Portsmouth.
The report claims that the 25-year-old has resisted the temptation to sign a contract extension with Wigan as he is hoping that he can get a better deal, either from his current club or one of the teams interested in prying him away from the DW.
“Viv’s got an issue with his knee, where he’s got a couple of floating bones in there.
“Fair credit to the kid, he wants to play through the pain, and he’s having to be injected to allow him to do that.
“He’s obviously only firing at a certain percentage, but he wants to be involved in the fight and you can only respect him for that.”
Thomas Sandgaard should retract Charlton’s interest in the winger and look elsewhere to strengthen Nigel Adkins’ squad this summer, as the Wigan man may not be a particularly wise choice to bolster the ranks.
Earlier this week, London News Online claimed that Charlton are keen on a deal to sign Liam Millar from Liverpool for a second spell and that should be a move the club prioritise over Solomon-Otabor instead.
Millar provided two goals and six assists in 23 League One starts for Charlton, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.90. Solomon-Otabor, meanwhile, scored twice and assisted four goals in 25 starts for Wigan, averaging a disappointing WhoScored rating of 6.55.
This suggests that Millar is able to perform consistently to a higher level than Solomon-Otabor, whilst also being directly involved in more goals than the 25-year-old Wigan man. Millar is also four years younger, which could mean that he has more potential to develop as a player and improve.
The £1.5k-per-week flop, Solomon-Otabor, should, therefore, not be a player Charlton sign this summer.
Sandgaard should sign Millar, if possible, or scour the country for another target to give Adkins the best chance of securing promotion next season. Charlton fans would be livid if the club failed to get Millar through the door and replaced him with an underperforming Solomon-Otabor, who is also an injury doubt with his knee issue.