Preston North End are keen on signing Charlton Athletic prospect Karlan Ahearne-Grant, after his impressive loan spell at Crawley Town, according to Alan Nixon.

The 20-year-old has made 31 appearances for the Addicks this term – 19 of which have come from the substitute’s bench – and his switch to Crawley Town has presented him with the opportunity to benefit from a sustained spell of first-team football.

The young striker has impressively netted eight times in nine games for Crawley Town.

Karlan has been part of the set-up at Charlton since he was 12 years old and had just turned 17 when he made his debut for the club in a Championship match at Norwich in September 2014.

He got his first goal for Charlton in a League Cup win over Dagenham & Redbridge in August 2015, one of three he scored that season, and he has made 12 starts for Charlton this season, including one against Reds in the Checkatrade Trophy, and 19 appearances as a substitute, 18 of them in League One.

He also made three appearances for Cambridge United during a loan spell in January and February, 2016.

Karlan has also played for England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level.

Former Charlton boss Karl Robinson said “Karlan has really moved mountains this season, he has worked so hard and I think are fans are beginning to see that on the pitch.”

“I sometimes have to be a bit unselfish, though, and look after him and that is the reason for letting him go out on loan. I rate him so much, I really believe that he is the future of the club and that is why I think it is so important for him to go and play regularly.”

 


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