Charlton have edged ahead of Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday in the race to sign Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, according to reports in the local media.
Boro’s recruitment chief Gary Gill is reportedly a big admirer of the 25-year-old, along with manager Jonathan Woodgate, but the restrictions on the club’s finances could scupper any January bid with Bristol Rovers having set a £2m asking price.
In contrast, Charlton are under new ownership and are willing to back manager Lee Bowyer in the transfer market this month as they seek a replacement for Lyle Taylor who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Clarke-Harris has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and Middlesbrough are very keen to bring in a forward to fix their problems in front of goal.
However, a bid is only likely if the Teessiders manage to offload Britt Assombalonga. There are Premier League clubs who are believed to be interested in signing the Congolese international but so far no one has made a formal offer.