Crystal Palace striker makes Southend United move

Charlton Athletic's Nathan Byrne holds off challenge from Shrewsbury Town's Freddie Ladapo

By Richard Cawley

Crystal Palace striker Freddie Ladapo has joined Southend United on a permanent deal.

The 25-year-old, who was due to be out of contract with the Eagles in the summer, has signed a six-month deal with the Shrimpers – now bossed by former Charlton manager Chris Powell – also having a 12-month option.

Ladapo could make his debut for Southend at Peterborough on Saturday.

He said: “I’m hoping to get into the team on Saturday because it’s a huge game and I just want to hit the ground running; if I’m involved in the game this weekend then I hope it’s a good debut for me.”


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