The Addicks have signed former West Ham United striker Ricardo Vaz Te on a free transfer. The 29-year-old, who spent three years playing for the Hammers, has been searching for a club since leaving Turkish outfit Akhisar Belediyespor in July.
Vaz Te, who came through Bolton's youth system, joined the Hammers from Barnsley in January 2012, and went on to help them return to the Barclays Premier League, scoring the winning goal for Sam Allardyce's side in the play-off final at Wembley.
Vaz Te, who also had a spell in the Scottish top flight with Hibernian, made his final appearance for West Ham in November 2014, before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in January.
The forward, who has been capped at Under-23 level for Portugal, has put pen to paper on a contract that will run until the end of the season. Vaz Te could make his debut for the Addicks against Birmingham City at St Andrews after the international break.
As one might expect, there has been a negative reaction from some Addicks who have argued that he is past his best, pointing out that he trained with Rotherham but they didn't sign him. Questions have also been raised about his fitness, injury proneness and mentality. But we have all been calling for experienced players who are not Belgian.
The following exchange took place at London Bridge this morning, suggesting a certain optimism on the part of Vaz Te:
Vaz Te: Queria uma passagem para Charlton.
Empregado: Ida e volta?
Vaz Te: Nao, somente ida, por favour.