Addicks agree Sorondo deal
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton Athletic are to seal the signing of Internazionale's Gonzalo Sorondo.Charlton Athletic are to seal the signing of Internazionale's Gonzalo Sorondo.
The 25-year-old impressed during a season-long loan at Crystal Palace last term and now he is set for a move back to England.
He will join Charlton on a similar temporary basis, with a view to a permanent deal.
The Addicks, who made their first move for Sorondo last month, are now ready to push through a deal after being granted a work-permit for the South American stopper.
"I'm delighted we look set to secure the services of Gonzalo," said Charlton boss Alan Curbishley.
"He showed while playing for Palace last year that he is well equipped to perform in The Premiership and now he has the opportunity to play in it again with us.
"We have signed him on a one-year loan from Inter and as he is already acclimatised to The Premiership through his time at Palace last year, we are looking forward to him joining up with the squad."
One negative aspect on Sorondo is that he is suspended for the first three games of the new season.
Charlton have moved for Sorondo after Tottenham's Anthony Gardner reportedly failed a medical last week - although there is still some chance that deal may yet be resurrected.
Curbishley is taking advantage of the loan market, having already signed Jonathan Spector from Manchester United - and he is also set to seal the signature of Alexei Smertin from Chelsea - again on a season-long basis.