Charlton ready to bolster squad

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Charlton Athletic vice-chairman Richard Murray has insisted the club could bring in at least five top players this summer.

The Addicks sold prized asset Scott Parker to Chelsea in January for £10 million and the club look set to allow manager Alan Curbishley to use all of it on strengthening his side.

Murray, who is also chairman of the PLC board, is ready to back Curbishley by giving him whatever transfer funds he requires.

"We never wanted to sell Scott but maybe because of him we might end up with a better squad," said Murray.

"His sale will allow us to bring up to five top-level players in and boost our squad for next season.

"Most transfers are done differently these days.

"Agents fees and players' wages have replaced transfer fees.

"Some European agents can demand a six-figure fee so fans should look at the whole package not just the fee."

Charlton are still hoping to make Europe in The Premiership, but they could be handed a place via the Fair Play League.

Athletic currenlty lie in third behind Arsenal and Chelsea - who are already guaranteed European football next season - which leaves them as first in line.

The leading nation in Europe's Fair Play League will land a free Uefa Cup spot and so Charlton are now hoping that England will be handed the spot.

Should England not win the league, then Charlton - presuming they stay where they are in the Premiership Fair Play League - will then be entered into a lottery for two further places.

Meanwhile, The Addicks are hoping that Kevin Lisbie, Graham Stuart and Chris Powell will all sign new contracts within the next few weeks.

They have also handed a trial to Arsenal defender Alex Bailey.