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Charlton striker set to secure Valley exit this weekend

Charlton striker set to secure Valley exit this weekend

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Tony Watt Photo: Keith Gillard

Tony Watt is poised to leave Charlton Athletic this weekend – with the Scottish striker set to join Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

The South London Press understands that the 23-year-old former Celtic and Standard Liege frontman is heading to Belgium to rubberstamp the deal.

Watt’s future at The Valley has been in doubt ever since he drifted out of the first-team picture at the end of last season.

With only 12 months on his Charlton contract, the Scottish international has not been short of offers as he contemplated a move out of South London.

OH Leuven will be Watt’s third Belgian club after impressive displays for Lierse during a loan from Celtic in the 2013-14 campaign led to a permanent switch to Standard.

After then Liege owner Roland Duchatelet bought Charlton it eventually saw Watt transferred to the tycoon’s English club.

The forward was very close to leaving for Cardiff City in January 2016, only for the Bluebirds to be hit by a transfer embargo as they looked ready to turn his loan stay into a permanent agreement.

Watt was again on the move that month to Blackburn Rovers – again with a permanent deal lined up if he did well – only for an injury to force him out of the reckoning and prematurely end his season.

 

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.

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Charlton striker set to secure Valley exit this weekend