When staring relegation in the face, often a team has to brace itself for the circling vultures of higher league teams, this is true of Charlton Athletic, according to a report in South London Press.

With Charlton staring into the abyss of relegation, the Londoners lodged in 23rd in the Championship, essentially 11 points from safety and facing 5th placed Derby knowing that a Derby win at the Valley, coupled with a point for in-form Rotherham against a mis-firing Nottingham Forest, could see the Addicks drop into League One all but rubber sealed.

The South London Press reveal that both Arsenal and Liverpool have sent scouts to The Valley recently to keeb tabs on Lewisham-born 19-year-old Regan Charles-Cook, a defender who was on the books at Arsenal until being released in 2013.

Primarily a right-footed midfielder, Charles-Cook was “bumped into the first team picture in pre-season,” says the article in the South London Press where he was, “viewed as full back cover.” He made his debut for the Addicks in August when featuring in a 4-1 Capital One Cup victory over Dagenham and Redbridge in August 2015, this being followed by a cameo substitute appearance in a 2-1 victory over Hull City in the same month.

Youngster Charles-Cook signed a new contract with Charlton in December, which the club said was ‘long term’ but without specifying terms, but this hasn’t dissuaded Arsenal or Liverpool as “both Premier League clubs have had scouts in attendance at recent U21 games to run the rule over Charles-Cook.”

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