Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has been providing supporters with an update on Celtic target Alfie Doughty today.
The Hoops were linked all throughout the summer with a move for the left-winger. The Addicks rejected a couple of offers from Parkhead during the summer transfer window, reported to be worth £400k and £600k respectively (Glasgow Times).
Not many batted an eyelid at how low the offers were from the nine-in-a-row champions, and that’s because Doughty is now into the final 12 months of his contract. So long as he is, Charlton won’t get anywhere near his true valuation.
But Bowyer has admitted he’s still hoping to kill off any hope of Celtic signing him on a pre-contract as he looks to tie him down on a long-term deal with the League One club.
As quoted by London News Online, Bowyer said: “We’ve just got to see where we’re at with Alfie and his agent but we’re hopeful that we can get something done there.
“Like I’ve said before, this is the right place for him to be at the moment – especially with his injury as well now.
“He needs to focus on just getting back and having that security behind him, I think. Hopefully, we can get that one done.”
Time running out for Charlton
Bowyer may be trying to sound confident here, but you can’t get in the way of the facts.
Doughty is, whether Bowyer likes it or not, clearly no closer to signing a new deal than he was in the summer. There have been no reported breakthroughs in the saga from Charlton’s end, and Doughty’s injury means that he’ll have time to weigh up his options.
This morning, we at 67HH spoke extensively about the prospect of Doughty having played his last game for Charlton. Given he’s out for four months with a hamstring injury, his absence will extend well beyond the start-date from when Celtic can get in contact with him.
Charlton have just under two months to agree something with Doughty. If they do, it’ll be a blow to Celtic’s chances of getting him outright, and will probably put an end to any hope of getting him for a good price.
Bowyer isn’t going to say anything other than how London is the best place for Doughty to be. However, if he really wants to test himself and learn how to become a winner, there’s only really one option for him, and it isn’t The Valley.
As always, we’ll keep monitoring events on this one as they happen.