Charlton Athletic boss confirms interest in QPR striker

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Lee Bowyer has confirmed that QPR’s Paul Smyth is on his list of potential striker signings – but Charlton Athletic are not set to do any deal before the weekend.

The Addicks have lost top-scorer Lyle Taylor after his three-game ban was upheld by an FA disciplinary panel.

Bowyer has one more loan slot to fill – with a maximum of five allowed to be be involved in a matchday 18.

Asked about Smyth, the Charlton boss told the South London Press: “He is somebody that we’re interested in, along with a few others.

“We are looking at a few to be honest but yes, his name is amongst the list.

“Nothing is likely before the weekend. I’ve said before I don’t want to dive in. I don’t want to just bring someone in, it has to be the right person. We’re doing our homework on players and speaking to coaches. Steve [Gallen, head of recruitment] is obviously speaking to people.

“We have to bring the right person in, they’ve got to fit with the lads we have already got.”

Bowyer says Reeco Hackett-Fairchild is set to deputise for Taylor at Peterborough on Saturday. He missed the 1-0 win over Accrington with a niggle.

“Igor [Vetokele] is on his way back – he trained on Tuesday,” said the Charlton boss. “Reeco is training again today. So he is back now.

“It will be a case of just bringing Reeco in for Lyle, I think that’s what we’ll look to do.

“We’ll do stuff today and see how that looks and how Reeco looks. It would be a swap.”

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