Charlton have completed the signing of Jonathan Leko on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion.
The 20-year-old forward becomes the second arrival on transfer deadline day following this morning’s announcement that Sam Field had joined the club on loan.
Leko, the Addicks' 11th signing of the transfer window, represented England from U16 to U19 level and has 14 Premier League appearances to his name during his time at West Brom.
Like his Baggies teammate Field, Leko travelled to Sparrows Lane last night where he completed a medical before the move was confirmed this morning.
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer spoke with enthusiasm about his newest signing: “I’m excited to work with Jonathan because he has a bit of everything. He’s definitely something we haven’t got here.
“He’s going to be exciting to watch. When I’ve watched him, he got me excited and he had me on the edge of the chair and if he’s doing that to me, he’ll be doing that to all our fans because every time he gets the ball you think ‘go on then, what are you going to do with it this time?’ He goes past people with ease, he has great pace, he is going to hurt people in behind, so I’m definitely looking forward to working with him.”
Leko said he only heard about the move on Wednesday: “I jumped in the car and drove down the motorway as soon as I heard. It feels amazing, Charlton are a great club so I’m very happy to be here. I can’t wait to see The Valley on Saturday, I’m raring to go.”
Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen added: “Lee and I have been saying the squad lacked a little bit of pace, so it was important we got someone like Jonathan in. Jonathan is very athletic, very quick, very strong. He wants to take people on, he wants to get after people.”
Leko will wear the number 14 for the Addicks this season.