By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Leeds winger Jordan Botaka has joined League One promotion hopefuls Charlton on a season-long loan, it was announced on Thursday.
The London club revealed on their website that Botaka trained with the Addicks for the first time on Thursday morning after settling terms on a deal that made him manager Russell Slade’s ninth summer signing.
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The DR Congo international, who grew up in Holland and represented the country at Under-19 level, has had a disappointing stay in Yorkshire following his move from Dutch outfit Excelsior on deadline day last summer, making just 14 appearances in all competitions.
But Charlton are delighted to secure the signing of an attacker from a higher division.
Slade told the club’s website: “Jordan is a strong boy, he’s really pacey and quick. He’s very impressive in one-on-one situations and likes to take players on.
“He’s still young at 23 and is still learning about the game over here. He could be a real threat at this level because he’s very strong when you give him the ball – he’s very creative and we’re very happy to have him for the season ahead.”
Botaka, who began his professional career in Belgium with Club Brugge while also playing on loan in Portugal with Belenenses, has been the subject of much interest from clubs in the Football League.
Leeds manager Garry Monk confirmed that he would be allowing some fringe players to leave Elland Road, after the likes of Souleymane Doukara, Luke Murphy and Botaka failed to make the first 18 in both of Leeds’ opening fixtures.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites have completed their ninth summer signing.