Barnsley lose out as Charlton Athletic next transfer confirmed

Charlton Athletic have already signed Will Mannion and Luke Berry this summer ahead of the upcoming League One season.

The London team appears to be fulfilling Charlton Athletic manager Nathan Jones’ challenge to complete the club’s transfer business by the end of the summer.

The Welshman has spoken openly his wish to start the forthcoming League One season with a fully assembled team prepared for preseason training. In a statement move last week, the Addicks announced the signing of custodian Will Mannion from Cambridge United.
After the goalkeeper, the team announced on Monday that it had defeated Championship opposition to acquire Luke Berry, a midfielder for Luton Town, to The Valley. The 31-year-old, who appeared in 17 Premier League games the previous year, was connected to Watford and QPR, two rival teams in London.

It’s been a busy week for Charlton Athletic but the work doesn’t appear to be stopping there. Just hours after the signing of Berry was confirmed, transfer specialist Darren Witcoopwrote on social media platform X: “Charlton set to follow up signing of free agent Luke Berry by landing Dunfermline defender Josh Edwards for £150,000. The Addicks beat off interest from Bristol Rovers to land the full-back.”

It has been widely known for weeks that the club is interested in the Scottish Championship defender, and it only seemed a matter of time until the deal was finalised. It was anticipated that Charlton Athletic would complete the transaction last month, but Edwards had to speak with both teams and Dunfermline also accepted a proposal from Bristol Rovers, which caused the process to take longer than planned. At one point, Barnsley, a League One club, was also listed as an interested party.
The 24-year-old Edwards was having his physical on Monday in London, according to The South London Press, which also verified the impending contract. The £150,000 stated sum is much less than the £1 million asking price that was reportedly retained by the club, but the player only has one year remaining on his contract, which seems likely to have played a part in discussions.

Edwards made 42 appearances for Dunfermline Athletic last season, bagging four goals and nine assists from defence as the club finished sixth in the Scottish second division. The defender was the subject of transfer interest in January but the Scottish club rejected a bid from Barnsley at that time.

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