Date: 26th January 2018 at 9:16pm
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Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson has got his man as a deal was agreed with Crystal Palace for winger Sullay Kaikai.

Speculation last night suggested a deal had now been agreed after it had looked like a loan arrangement was now off the cards between the two clubs, but later in the night both Palace and Charlton confirmed the arrival of the talented winger.

He spent last season out on loan with Brentford in the Championship, scoring three times in 18 games and his form saw him recalled to Palace to provide competition and depth, but his best spell out was the season prior to that where he found himself at Shrewsbury Town returning 12 goals in 26 League One matches.

He becomes our second loan signing of the week following on from Wolverhampton Wanderers Michael Zyro.

Speaking to the Official Site Robinson explained.

‘It was an important one for us. He`s an exceptionally talented individual. We thank everyone who has helped in the process in trying to make this happen. We knew there were Championship teams that were interested in him. He`s an exciting player, we know we`ve got a player that can certainly score goals. He can play off the left, he can play as the nine, he can play behind the striker. He`s quick and he excites you, he adds to the type of players that we already have at the football club.’

Kaikai takes the number 11 shirt for the remainder of the season and he said himself.

‘I`m delighted. It`s been going on for about a week now. I`m just delighted it`s over the line and looking forward to playing and showing the fans what I can do. The manager played a big role in it, the club as well, where they are in the table, their ambition, for me it was a no brainer.’

Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen admitted that we failed over the summer in an attempt to get him, so he’s been on our radar for a while.

‘We actually tried to get him in the summer. We`ve tracked him all the way through since, watching U23 games. At times he`s played as a midfielder, at times he`s played as a 10, he`s played as an 11, he`s played as a nine. He`s scored goals in a couple of games. He`s scored a couple of hat-tricks. We know exactly what we`re getting and we`re really, really pleased to get him.’

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