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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 1, 2006

Charlton goalkeeper's loan move collapses

Charlton goalkeeper Stephan Andersen has seen his loan move to Leeds collapse.

The 24-year-old Denmark international had been unable to force his way into the first-team plans of new Addicks manager Iain Dowie.

A temporary move to the Championship club had been agreed and indeed was announced by Charlton around 10.30pm on deadline day.

However, following a disagreement over a recall clause, Leeds later decided to pull out of the deal and instead extended the loan stay of Tony Warner from Fulham.

Charlton's general manager Andrew Mills said: 'It looked as though the deal was done, but Leeds were uncomfortable with the recall clause we were keen to implement so, regrettably, it did not happen.'

Andersen joined the Addicks from AB Copenhagen in a £721,000 deal during May 2004, and made his debut in the 4-0 defeat against Manchester United at The Valley a year later.

Following an injury to Dean Kiely, and then the eventual departure of the long-time Charlton number one during January 2006, Andersen had hoped to cement his place - only for Norwegian veteran Thomas Myhre to be preferred towards the end of the campaign.

Despite a change of manager when Alan Curbishley left, Dowie felt the need to bring in England Under-21 keeper Scott Carson, who has started each of the opening three Barclays Premiership games this season.

Mills continued on the official Charlton website, 'We felt we needed to mirror the Carson situation.

'Iain could not afford to loan out Stephan and not have the option to recall him in the event of anything happening with Scott.'

Mills added: 'Stephan is obviously disappointed but he has been very professional about it and is prepared to fight for his place here.'

Dowie completed his transfer activity yesterday with the signing of midfielder Omar Pouso on a season-long loan from Uruguayan side Penarol.

Ipswich, meanwhile, have extended the loan of Simon Walton until January. The defensive midfielder joined the Addicks from Leeds during the summer.

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