After losing regular shot stopper Ben Hamer to Premier League newcomers Leicester City, Charlton Athletic have stepped up their pursuit of a new keeper, and are now closing in on the signing of the recently released West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.

Ipswich and Blackburn were both looking at the option of signing the 26 year old, but Charlton have now emerged as the favourites to get his signature.

Henderson had only played twice for West Ham since he joined them from Portsmouth in 2012, and both those appearances were in the League Cup during the 2012-13 season. Since then he has gone on loan to Ipswich, where he played 24 times in the 2012-13 season, and made just two appearances for Bournemouth during a three month loan spell, which was cut short when in his second game he dislocated his shoulder, which he sustained in a collision with Nottingham Forest striker Simon Cox, and was out for six months.

Recently appointed Charlton manager Bob Peeters has already signed seven new players, including the likes of Tal Ben Haim from Standard Liège, which is another club that new owner Roland Duchâtelet owns, and also the highly rated Icelandic winger Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson, and the addition of another highly rated player in Henderson, could give Charlton a possible outside shout of making an unlikely charge towards the play-offs.


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