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Charlton manager Alan Curbishley
"We've been looking at Shaun since the summer"
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Friday, 24 November, 2000, 08:36 GMT
Bartlett bound for the Valley
Shaun Bartlett
Bartlett has scored some spectacular goals
Charlton have agreed a deal to take South African star Shaun Bartlett to The Valley on loan from FC Zurich.

The 28-year-old international team-mate of new Addicks defender Mark Fish should help ease manager Alan Curbishley's striking headache.

Charlton have Andy Hunt and Clive Mendonca sidelined through illness and injury respectively and Bartlett, who has captained his country recently in the absence of Leeds defender Lucas Radede, will arrive next week during the winter break in Switzerland.

Bartlett played for his Swiss side in the Uefa Cup defeat to Newcastle last season and scored in the 2-1 loss to the Republic of Ireland in June.

He has scored 19 goals in 46 internationals, making him a hero in South Africa. Former president Nelson Mandela was even a guest at his wedding two years ago.

Big, strong, quick

"You have to get players when they become available and I'm hoping he comes in next week," said Curbishley.

"I've seen some of his games and I saw him against Ireland. He's big, strong, quick and holds the ball up.

"He's the sort of player that we would appreciate and hopefully he will appreciate us.

"He's willing to take the bait up even though he's playing regular football at the moment."

The three-month loan deal is with a view to a permanent transfer and Radostin Kishishev and Martin Pringle have both previously joined the club following similar arrangements.

Curbishley, meanwhile, has dismissed a move for Wimbledon's John Hartson as a "storm in a teacup".

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