Addicks swoop for Oztumer

Bolton midfielder Erhun Oztumer could be handed a route out of the club this month with Charlton and Sunderland keen.

Charlton have quickly moved to sign midfielder Erhun Oztumer, who opted to leave financially-troubled Bolton earlier this week.

The 28-year-old decided to call time on his career at the University of Bolton Stadium, with a year remaining on his contract, due to uncertainty surrounding the League One club’s future.

The former Walsall star has not had to wait long to find a new club, however, as he has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Charlton and he admits he is delighted to return to his home-town club, having previously been part of the youth set-up at The Valley.

“I’m a local lad and I’ve kept an eye on Charlton since I left, so I’m happy to be happy to be here,” Oztumer added. “The team has started really well so I’ll fight for my place, work hard and see where it takes us.”

Oztumer becomes Charlton’s 13th signing of the summer and boss Lee Bowyer believes it is a real bonus to bring in such quality at such a late stage of the summer.

“It’s a bonus one for us. He’s a very good player, he scores goals, gets assists, he’s a local lad,” Bowyer added. “He brings a bit of flair and that craft and cleverness in the final third. I’m looking forward to working with him.”