Monday, 7 September 2015

George Tucudean returns

George Tucudean has had his contract at Steaua Bucharest cancelled. His contract at Charlton runs until 2016/17, so he will return to The Valley. Quite what role there would be for him is uncertain. Perhaps a loan could be arranged. In any event, it will push the wages budget even further above target.

Some fans have, however, argued that his presence could strengthen the bench.

Because this is an international loan, the situation is different from what I originally thought was the case. A source close to Sparrows Lane has clarified: 'When a player goes on international loan their contract with Charlton is cancelled and they are registered with the FA of the country they are going to play in. This means that under FIFA rules Steaua Bucharest cannot just cancel his contract and send him back to us outside of transfer window dates. He is still registered to them. With the consent of Charlton, Steaua could loan him on to another club but they would have to arrange it. The earliest he could in theory return to us to play would be in the January transfer window.'

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