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Rewind to Boxing Day 1963

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By ESPN Staff

Addicks make swoop for American star Gibbs

Charlton have made their first signing of the summer with the capture of United States international defender Cory Gibbs on a free transfer from Feyenoord.

The 26-year-old has been signed on a pre-contract basis and his arrival at The Valley is subject to obtaining a work permit.

According to Gibbs, a number of other Premiership clubs, including UEFA Cup finalists Middlesbrough and Bolton, were also interested in the left-sided player who made his full international debut in 2003.

However, he insists it was Charlton's ambition that persuaded him to join the Addicks.

Gibbs told the club's official website, www.charlton-athletic.co.uk: 'In the past week I've received interest from Middlesbrough, Bolton, Reading and Charlton.

'Playing Premiership football has always been my dream and I was flattered to have such options, but having met with the representatives from Charlton I was hugely impressed with the chairman, Richard Murray, and his ambitious plans for the continued development of the club.

'I honestly believe I am joining a club that is ambitious and hungry for success.'