Charlton Athletic are keen on defender Tom Lockyer.

The 24-year-old is leaving Bristol Rovers on a free transfer this summer when his contract expires and is a target for the Addicks, according to a report by the South London Press.

It has been a rollercoaster of a past 24 hours for Charlton with manager Lee Bowyer leaving and then returning. The London side are now ready to get busy in the transfer window and bolster their squad ahead of the upcoming Championship season.

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Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and Hull City have all been linked with Lockyer over the past month or so but Charlton are looking to win the race for him as they aim to boost their defensive ranks.

Lockyer, who is a Wales international with five caps to his name, has been at Bristol Rovers for eight years and has racked up over 200 appearances for the Gas.

He started his career in the academy at Cardiff City but was released when he was 16 so subsequently joined Bristol Rovers.

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Lockyer made his first-team debut for the Pirates in January 2013 in a League Two fixture against Fleetwood Town.

He e was part of the Rovers side who slipped out of the Football League in 2014 but helped them gain back-to-back promotions from the Conference (now National League) to League One during the following years under Darrell Clarke.

Lockyer is now looking forward to a fresh challenge and will not be short of options.

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