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Iran striker Ghoochannejhad joins Charlton

Charlton have completed the signings of Standard Liege striker Reza Ghoochannejhad and Ujpest right-back Loic Nego for undisclosed fees.

Iran forward Ghoochannejhad, 26, has agreed a deal until the summer of 2016.

Frenchman Nego, 23, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Championship club.

Both Belgian side Liege and Hungarian outfit Ujpest are owned by Roland Duchatelet, the businessman who took over the Addicks earlier this month.

Charlton manager Chris Powell on Reza Goochannejhad

The pair take the number of January signings by Charlton to five, with the previous three, midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic, goalkeeperYohann Thuram-Ulien and winger Anil Koc, also coming from Belgian side Standard Liege.

Ghoochannejhad began his senior career in the Netherlands with Heerenveen and subsequently had spells with Go Ahead Eagles, Cambuur and Belgian side STVV – another side owned by Belgian millionaire Duchatelet.

He joined Standard Liege in January 2013 and has made eight appearances this season, with seven of those coming in the Europa League.

Having represented the Netherlands at youth international level, he made his debut for Iran in 2012 and has won a total of 10 caps, scoring eight goals.

Charlton boss Chris Powell said the arrival of Ghoochannejhad, who is expected to feature for his country at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, will boost his forward line.

Charlton manager Chris Powell told his club’s official website: “He has scored goals at different levels in Belgium and Holland.

“He has signed as a permanent and he comes into the stable of strikers. We haven’t scored enough goals this season and we have to boost that area.

“He is hard-working and he likes to get in the areas to score goals, so we need him to do that straight away.

“He has got pace and wins fouls, which you want to happen – especially in the attacking third. He has decent link-up play, but he wants to get in the box and in that regard you have to give him the service and create more chances.”

The transfer of Gucci to Charlton is like a double edge sword.  The Team Melli forward would be quite relieved to leave a team where he had no future and the coach was adamant not to include him in his plan. While he will get much better opportunities in London, however , Chartlon is struggling close to the bottom of the league and is under real threat of relegation to the third tier of English league.

By Team Melli


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