It is being claimed in reports from Africa that Zambia striker Evans Kangwa has started talks with Charlton Athletic over a possible move. The former Under 20 star has been in Spain training with Recreativo Huelva but it is being reported that the Addicks are looking to sign him. He was supposed to have gone on trial at Watford in January, but nothing seems to have come of this.
Kangwa is still in Spain training with the second division side, but when he signs with Charlton he will be loaned back to Spanish side, so there would not be any immediate benefit to us. Nkana FC secretary Ken Mwansa said that the negotiations with the English side commenced last Friday and they are looking positive. Mwansa said that he is confident that the two clubs will reach an agreement before the end of this week.
'Everything is looking very good and we are positive that we will reach an agreement very soon,' said Mwansa. 'We are hoping to conclude the deal as soon as possible, possibly in a few days although I cannot disclose Charlton's offer and also our valuation of the player. It has taken long to conclude Evans transfer because of unforeseen circumstances (work permit although there are also hints of third party involvement?) but we are determined to see that this issue is resolved. He has proved that he is a good player and we are just wishing him all the best in his future career.'
The player's agent Lee Anderson said, Anderson said Kangwa was a young and good player with a bright future who needed to decide his destiny instead of leaving it to UEFA and the Spanish authorities. He also said Kangwa needed to play in the national team regularly in order to easily get a work permit to play in Europe. 'Also because of the work permit situation, he needs to play for the national team regularly. You know third party dealings have led Falcao to move to Monaco when he could have moved to Chelsea or another big league, so Evans is a player with a bright future and we want him to be able to decide his future and not UEFA or Spanish authorities,' Anderson said.
The agent continued,'The best thing is that Evans has had a long period of training in Europe and speaking to him, he believes he is already a much improved player already, he is now super fit.'
Should Kangwa's deal to Charlton materialise, he would become the second Zambian player in England, alongside Emmanuel Mayuka who plays for Premiership side Southampton.