Sunday, September 24, 2017
Charlton boss “disappointed” that private transfer talks revealed

Charlton boss “disappointed” that private transfer talks revealed

Charlton Athletic's Ademola Lookman and Milton Keynes Dons' Ben Reeves

Charlton boss Karl Robinson says he is “disappointed” that Ben Reeves’ agent has revealed they have had talks over a move to SE7 this summer.

The South London Press reported first that the 25-year-old Milton Keynes attacking midfielder – a free agent at the end of June – was a top target for the Addicks.

And Reeves’ advisor recently stated a meeting had taken place at Charlton’s training ground.

“I’m a little disappointed with that because – as you well know – I have said nothing to anybody,” Robinson told our paper.

“I do my business in a very private way. If he wants to talk about it that’s down to him. It is leverage to get more money at other clubs, that’s what it seems like for me.

“At no stage have I come to you and said we’re after this player or that player. It is down to us to keep our stuff very, very quiet. You look at the great teams in the past and what stands out is they don’t have it is washed out in public.

“It causes untold problems in a football club. It gets the fans excited and then disappointed. Or not excited. You’re playing with people and that is not fair on the fans.

“If I have something to say then we’ll do it. We’re trying to do it with a bit of integrity and respect. We have had meetings with players but it is not fair on the player or other clubs chasing them, at no stage do we want to be used as leverage to get more money.

“We want players because they want to play for Charlton Athletic.”

Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.


  1. Same, same with these agents, but Gobbo and CAFC are far from impeccable are they?
    My understanding and correct me if wrong, those out of contract and there must be 100’s of them can sign for clubs and indeed have already signed, but those on contracts do end at the end of July, but nothing to stop them talking to clubs right or wrong?

  2. mmmmmm forgive me if wrong but Karl did say he wanted Reeves in January and he would be making contact as soon as the season ended !!!

  3. Karl Robinson in January: “I’m sure next season he’d be a fantastic player for this football club on a free transfer. Once we are legally allowed to speak to him – I don’t know when that is – he would be a good signing. […] We’ve been told he’s not available for sale. We’ll have to wait until he’s a free in the summer.”


Charlton boss “disappointed” that private transfer talks revealed