DONE DEAL | Charlton complete signing of Tomer Hemed

Charlton have completed the signing of Israel international Tomer Hemed on a permanent deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 32-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a one-year contract at The Valley and becomes Lee Bowyer’s 14th signing of the summer.

Hemed has netted 37 goals in 94 Championship games, including 13 goals the season Brighton were promoted to the Premier League in 2016/17.

He’ll join former Brighton and Maccabi Haifa teammate Beram Kayal at the club following the midfielder’s arrival on loan at The Valley earlier this month. 

Bowyer said: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to get this deal done. Signing Tomer gives us another option up front, something different to what we already have. I’m looking forward to working with him. I’d like to thank Dan Ashworth and Brighton & Hove Albion for the part they’ve played in getting this deal done.”

Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen said: “Tomer is an exciting signing for us. He’s a striker who has scored plenty of goals in the Championship and will fit in really well with the group we’ve got. The signing has taken slightly longer to complete than we anticipated but we’ve been in communication with Brighton and the EFL, so we’re grateful to them for their cooperation. We’re very pleased to be welcoming Tomer to the club.”

Hemed began his career at Maccabi Haifa and enjoyed loan spells at Maccabi Herzliya, Bnei Yehuda and Maccabi Ahi Nazareth before an impressive 2010/11 season at Haifa where he caught the eye of La Liga outfit Mallorca.

He then joined Almeria in 2014/15 before signing for Brighton the following season. Hemed spent last season on loan at QPR scoring seven goals in 21 Championship appearances.

Hemed is set to train with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday and is available to play immediately.

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