Charlton offer Young new deal

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Charlton have offered a new three-year contract to the England defender Luke Young. Although the right-back is not out of contract, the Premiership side have moved to secure the future of their club captain.

The 26-year-old former Tottenham player made his England debut against the United States in May 2005 and in the absence of Gary Neville established himself as his country's deputy right-back, helping Sven Goran Eriksson's side qualify for this summer's World Cup.

Young has won seven caps, but he missed out on a place in the squad travelling to Germany and was on the stand-by list before being forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury.

Charlton have released Francis Jeffers, Shaun Bartlett, Jonatan Johansson, Jay Bothroyd and Chris Perry, while Jonathan Fortune has signed a three-year deal.

Jason Roberts admits he is likely to leave Wigan and is interested in a move to Besiktas. The Turkish club made their interest known this week.

The former West Brom striker, who has a year left of his current deal at Wigan, said yesterday: "I was offered a new contract by Wigan about a month ago that was totally unacceptable. It seems my future lies elsewhere. The only bid that has come in is from Besiktas and it's something I'd be interested in."