Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has said that the club will not be bringing in a free agent striker, with owner Roland Duchatelet unwilling to bring in a new name and no players meeting the club’s standards.

Lee Bowyer has said that League One promotion chasers Charlton Athletic will no longer be looking to bring in a free agent striker for the rest of the season.

During the January transfer window, former Newcastle United midfielder Bowyer was keen to bring in a new striker to replace Karlan Grant, who departed to join Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town.

Once the transfer window had slammed shut, Bowyer delved into the free agent market as he looked to bring in another face to fill the gap left by Grant – who had netted 14 League One goals before his departure.

The club were keen on a deal for former Wolves striker Joe Mason in the early weeks of February, but a move for the striker – who had recently become a free agent after departing Colorado Rapids – was blocked by owner Roland Duchatelet.

Now, Bowyer seems to have given up on his hunt for another striker. Speaking to the South London Press, he said:

“I don’t think the owner will allow us and, to be fair, the ones being chucked forward to us haven’t played any football.

“There’s one just come back from America, but I still can’t see him making a difference to us. There’s no point us just bringing someone in for the sake of it.

“I just hope we don’t get injuries in certain positions.”

With Charlton abandoning their search for a new striker, the club’s only natural strikers are Lyle Taylor and Josh Parker.

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