Addicks mourn loss of Townsend
Addicks mourn loss of Townsend

Charlton have announced the death of former left-back, Don Townsend.

Townsend – father of former player and television pundit Andy – was 89 and had eight seasons at The Valley in the fifties and sixties.

He was one of my early favourites when I started going to The Valley, as was his full-back partner, Jock Campbell.

The Daily Mail has reported that the Addicks have turned down a £400,000 bid from Luton for young midfielder, Alfie Doughty.

‎Doughty was subject of a £1.4million offer from Fulham in January, and has sparkled in the last few games.

Whether Luton come back with an increased offer remains to be seen, but if Doughty does leave The Valley, it is likely to be to a higher profile team than the Hatters.

London News Online has reported that Jake Forster-Caskey has activated a one-year option in his contract, and will remain at The Valley until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 26-year-old midfielder has had his injury problems since arriving in SE7, but could be a pivotal player in Charlton’s bid to make a quick return to the Championship. 

London News Online also reported that the club are preparing to offer central defender, Tom Lockyer, a new deal this week.

Lockyer had a fine season and was one of the first names on Lee Bowyer’s team sheet. He has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free transfer as the Addicks were relegated.

But the club are hoping the new deal will tempt him to extend his stay in SE7. 

With the club currently under a transfer embargo, the contract would require EFL approval.