The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Ross Law­son

ADE­MOLA LOOK­MAN’S record-break­ing move to Ever­ton may have been a blow to Charl­ton’s on-pitch am­bi­tions but man­ager Karl Robin­son is still tar­get­ing an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship.

The tal­ented 19-year-old for­ward joined the Tof­fees on a four-and-a-half-year deal for £11mil­lion this week, be­com­ing the most ex­pen­sive trans­fer in League One his­tory.

The Charl­ton academy prod­uct, who is also an Eng­land Un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional, scored 12 goals in 49 ap­pear­ances for the Ad­dicks but Robin­son is con­vinced a top-six berth is still re­al­is­tic de­spite Look­man’s exit.

“Ade­mola is an in­cred­i­ble tal­ent and has been a joy to work with dur­ing my short stint at the club,” said Robin­son.

“My job now is to make sure we con­tinue to get stronger on the pitch. We have a good squad al­ready in place, key play­ers to come back from in­jury and some new play­ers to come in be­fore the win­dow closes.

“Our goal this sea­son re­mains a top-six spot and our fo­cus is to add fur­ther qual­ity sign­ings in Jan­uary to put us in a po­si­tion to achieve that.”

Robin­son has al­ready added two mid­field­ers to his squad this month, with Jay Dasilva, 18, sign­ing on loan from Chelsea un­til the end of the sea­son and Jake Forster-Caskey, 22, com­ing in from Brighton un­til the sum­mer of 2019 for an undis­closed fee.

Forster-Caskey had been on-loan at Rother­ham ear­lier this term and is hop­ing his stay in League One will be a short one – as he guns for pro­mo­tion.

“I’m de­lighted to join Charl­ton, I’ve been go­ing out on loan for the last year, so I’m de­lighted to fi­nally get a home,” said Forster-Caskey. “The club have got am­bi­tions, so have I, and so does the man­ager. I want to get back to the Cham­pi­onship and so do the club.”

EXIT: Ade­mola Look­man

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