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Monday, 3 December, 2001, 16:54 GMT
Charlton's double swoop
Costa in action against Romania during Euro 2000
Costa has fallen out with his club coach at Porto
Charlton have signed Portuguese central defender Jorge Costa and Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Bart-Williams.

Costa has joined on an initial five-month loan deal but his signing could be made permanent in the summer at a cost of 4m.

Bart-Williams, who is out of contract with Forest at the end of the season, has signed on a month's loan.

Costa, who has joined the club from Porto, said: "I didn't know very much about Charlton, but since they contacted me, I tried to find out more about Charlton - and I know more now than I knew last week."


I hope Jorge gives us leadership and defensive qualities
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley

The defender has not played for Porto since September following a clash with coach Octavio Machado and has left Portugal to find first-team football and thus secure his selection in the Portuguese World Cup squad.

"I hope he comes into our club and gives us the leadership and defensive qualities he undoubtedly has," said Charlton manager Alan Curbishley.

"I hope he enjoys his time here so much he wants to stay.

"He hasn't played for Porto for six or seven weeks. He has come here with one or two things to prove - and we want to help him to achieve that.

"The marriage is perfect for both sides. I hope he is successful with us and then goes to the World Cup, because that is the plan."

Meanwhile, Forest midfielder Bart-Williams has joined Charlton on loan and could sign for the club permanently.

"He knows it's a possibility that he could end up staying here," said Curbishley.

Bart-Williams, who has turned down moves to Birmingham and Southampton this season, has been left out of Forest's starting line-up for their last four games.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and has made no secret of his desire to play Premiership football.

The former Sheffield Wednesday star has been told he will not be offered a new contract by Forest and will be entitled to leave The City Ground on a free transfer in the summer.

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley made a move for Bart-Williams after discovering that his Republic of Ireland star Mark Kinsella will be sidelined until the new year.

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Charlton manager Alan Curbishley
"I'm so lucky that I've been able to bring two players of the quality we have done"
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"I feel as if I'm capable of playing in the Premiership"
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