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The state of play over Charlton’s link to Gillingham striker Tom Eaves

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Charlton Athletic are one of the clubs who are interested in Tom Eaves.

The 27-year-old Liverpool-born striker will be a free agent at the end of this month and scored 22 goals in 50 matches for Gillingham last season.

Eaves is understood to have interest at League One and Championship level.

Addicks boss Lee Bowyer expressed his admiration for the big frontman while the League One campaign was still running. And he has made bolstering his attacking options a priority following promotion to English football’s second tier.

Eaves is not expected to make a decision on his future over the next few days, and suggestions he would hook up for pre-season training with the South London club were wide of the mark.

Gillingham have offered their frontman a contract extension but new manager Steve Evans expects him to move on.

Evans told Kent Online: “Sometimes players want to challenge themselves at higher levels or bigger clubs and football should always be about progression.”

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