Walton set for quick exit
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton Athletic's summer signing Simon Walton is close to joining Ipswich on loan.
Charlton Athletic's summer signing Simon Walton is close to joining Ipswich Town on loan, just six weeks after completing his switch to The Valley.
The versatile 18-year-old joined Iain Dowie's side in a deal that could be worth up to £1 million for former club Leeds United, but he will now play for Championship rivals Ipswich according to the East Anglian side.
Dowie had indicated that he expected Walton to make the breakthrough in The Premiership "sooner rather than later" after his arrival at the London side, until the signing of Tottenham midfielder Andy Reid made his departure possible.
Walton is expected to finalise the loan switch on Friday, joining West Ham midfielder Mark Noble in moving to Portman Road on a temporary basis, and could make his debut in Saturday's game against Hull City.
However, Crystal Palace striker Jon Macken is unlikely to follow as Eagles boss Peter Taylor is unwilling to leave himself short in attack after his side's perfect start to the season.
The former Manchester City man has emerged as a target for Ipswich boss Jim Magilton, who is set to lose Sam Parkin to either Luton Town or Preston North End, but Taylor says he is unlikely to let Macken leave Selhurst Park.
"Ipswich have made an inquiry about Jon Macken, and they would like him on loan," said Taylor.
"We are not sure we would like that to happen, though, because the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and we don't have enough strikers here anyway."