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Alan Curbishley
"He's a vastly experienced international"
 real 14k

Tuesday, 15 August, 2000, 02:10 GMT 03:10 UK
Addicks land Iran star
Karim Bagheri could cost Charlton over 1m
Karim Bagheri could cost Charlton over 1m
Charlton Athletic have continued their summer recruitment drive by snapping up Iranian international Karim Bagheri.

The versatile 26-year-old impressed on trial at The Valley, encouraging Alan Curbishley to pay Iranian club Piroozi 400,000 for his signature with the fee potentially rising to 1.1m depending on appearances.

Bagheri, who scored a world-record equalling seven international goals when Iran once thrashed the Maldives 17-0, has agreed a four-year deal with the Premiership new boys.

Although used as an attacking midfielder, a position from which he scored twenty goals in qualifying for France 98 - he has a ratio of a goal every other game in more than 60 internatioals - he can also operate as a sweeper.

Bagheri celebrates Iran's qualification for France '98
Bagheri celebrates Iran's qualification for France '98
"We're delighted to have signed someone of Karim's versatility and quality.

"He's someone we can use in a variety of positions and I'm sure he'll make a big impression," said Charlton manager Curbishley.

Bagheri is no stranger to European football, having spent time with Arminia Bielefeld in Germany.

A work permit has already been secured and Bagheri, the scorer of one of the goals that eliminated Australia in a World Cup play-off two years ago, becomes the fifth new Addick of pre-season.

Curbishley has already added goalkeeper Ben Roberts from Middlesbrough, record 4m signing Claus Jensen from Bolton, former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson and Bulgarian Radostin Kishishev to his Division One title-winning squad.

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