Pompey monitor Champions League striker

Chris Dickson
Chris Dickson

Pompey are casting an eye over a Champions League striker to bolster their options.

Ex-Charlton forward Chris Dickson yesterday featured in a development match for the Blues at Leyton Orient.

The 28-year-old played for Alan McLoughlin’s men in a 2-1 defeat at Brisbane Road.

Dickson, who is a free agent, has emerged as a consideration following the latest injury to Tom Craddock.

Craddock is currently sidelined by a knee problem having earlier been hit by a groin concern.

With David Connolly currently suspended, that left just three fit Pompey forwards available for last weekend’s trip to Cheltenham.

That was Patrick Agyemang, Ryan Bird and Ashley Harris.

Dickson is a former Addicks colleague of Blues assistant boss Steve Allen who has spent the last three years playing abroad.

The pacy striker was most recently at Shanghai East Asia in the Chinese Super League.

Previously he represented Cypriot champions AEL Limassol, appearing in both the Champions League and Europa League.

Last season the Ghanaian international featured against Anderlecht in a Champions League qualifier play-off, only to lose 3-2.

In an earlier round he netted his maiden Champions League goal against Linfield, one of six appearances overall in the competition.

Dickson was also part of AEL’s Europa League campaign that same season.

In December 2012, he netted in a 3-0 win over Marseille in the group stages.

It is understood the striker is currently in talks with Legia Warsaw over a move.

But he accepted an offer to play in Pompey’s development fixture yesterday afternoon.

He was one of two Blues triallists at Orient – while Shaun Cooper, Ryan Bird, Dan Butler, Phil Smith, Bondz N’Gala, Jack Whatmough and Josh Warren also played

Pompey lost 2-1 to a strong Orient team, Cooper netting for the visitors.

Cooper and Bird only featured for 45 minutes as boss McLoughlin looked to keep them fresh.

Dickson, though, played the entire 90 minutes.

Now Pompey must decide whether to pursue any interest in the striker.

Dickson started his career as a prolific scorer in non-league football for Erith & Belvedere and Dulwich Hamlet.

After being snapped up by Charlton, he was loaned out for experience and netted 11 times in 14 games at Gillingham.

However, he registered just twice in 34 appearances for his parent club and left in the summer of 2010.

Dickson’s next stop was Cypriot side Nea Salamis Famagusta before switching to AEL. Earlier this year he joined Shanghai, but now wants a new club.