Addicks close on Traore
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
<EM>Skysports.com</EM> can reveal Charlton are closing in on Liverpool's Djimi Traore.
Skysports.com can reveal Charlton are closing in on the signature of Liverpool's Djimi Traore.
The Addicks are keen to sign the tall Frenchman after Liverpool indicated they would be willing to let him move on.
The arrival of Fabio Aurelio at Anfield has increased competition for places and Liverpool are ready to trim their squad.
Bolton expressed an interest in signing Traore, but Charlton have jumped to the head of the queue to sign the versatile defender.
The player's agent Willie McKay revealed talks over a move to The Valley are at an advanced stage.
"Djimi is close to a move to Charlton," McKay told skysports.com "It is a loan move with the option of a permanent deal.
"I have had talks with Iain Dowie and [Charlton chief executive] Andrew Mills about Djimi.
"Iain is very keen to sign Djimi and we are hopeful that it can be pushed through this week so that he can make his debut against Valencia this weekend.
"I am just waiting to hear back from Rick Parry at Liverpool before the move can happen."
Dowie has seemingly turned his attention to Traore after failing to land Fulham-bound Middlesbrough defender Franck Queudrue.