Charlton Athletic have signed Tariqe Fosu from Reading for a compensation fee as confirmed by the club website.
The 21-year-old forward has shown a lot of promise since coming through the Reading academy and had been out on loan at the likes of Colchester United and Accrington Stanley, with the latter being a particularly impressive spell where he scored three goals in eight appearances. But while Reading offered him a new deal, he was obviously disappointed that he has only made one appearance for the club since turning professional and decided to turn it down and instead made the move to Charlton.
He has signed a two-year deal with the Addicks after they came to terms with Reading over a compensation fee, something they had to do because while Fosu was out of contract, the fact the Royals offered him a new deal means they were owed compensation due to the forward being aged under 24-years-old.
After the signing was completed, Charlton head coach Karl Robinson said: “He’s someone I was excited to buy as soon as I knew we could get him in. He’s one that excites fans, his feet are phenomenal and hopefully we’ll be seeing flashes of that next season.
“He’s great behind the striker and can play off one of the wings if needed. Tariqe is definitely one for the future. We’re building a squad of hungry players that want to play for the club. He wants to be here and that’s important for us.”
Fosu added: “As soon as it came about, I thought it was a massive opportunity for me. It’s a big club and I’m ready to get started. I’ve got a few mates that have played for Charlton and are at Charlton as well, so I spoke with them.
“When I heard Karl was in for me that was massive, it made the decision for me. He’s worked with a lot of young players so hopefully I can produce for him.”
When talking about his style of play, Fosu smiled: “I like to excite them (fans), I’m tricky with a bit of pace. Hopefully I can get some goals and assists as well.
“I’m ready to get started and hopefully I can score a few goals, set some up for the team and push for promotion.”