Charlton have signed former West Ham striker Ricardo Vaz Te on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old, who bagged 20 league goals in his last season in the Championship, signed for Karel Fraeye’s side after being released in the summer from Turkish side Belediyespor.

RVT, as he was jokingly nicknamed, began his career at Premier League Bolton Wanderers, struggling for goals and often resembling a sprinter rather than a striker.

But it was at Championship side Barnsley in 11/12 that he found his feet. The jet-heeled forward bagged 10 goals by Christmas, attracting the attention of his former boss Sam Allardyce, then in charge of promotion-chasing West Ham .

The Irons paid just over £1million for his services and he immediately repaid them, scoring 10 in 15 including the winning goal in the play-off final against Blackpool, firing his side into the Premier League.

Again in the top division, Vaz Te struggled for goals, bagging only five in the following two and a half seasons before being shipped off to Turkey in January.

“I am happy that this move came about and that I can start playing again,” he told Charlton’s website . “I’m very excited.”

“I want to do my very best for this club and obviously for a player like me that means contributing by scoring goals, creating goals and so on.

“I’ve only played one season in the Championship before and I did very well and I’d love to replicate that here, for sure.

“Scoring goals is a big target of mine and I want to be on the pitch as much as possible.”

Vaz Te said a phone call from Alou Diarra helped him decide to move to south-east London.

He said: “Alou called me to talk to me about the club and it seemed like a very good opportunity for me and I’m relishing it.

“He said it was a very good club with some good players and that it would be good for me to move here and get some games.”