Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says club doesn't have to sell amid Celtic's Alfie Doughty interest

By David Walton

September 29, 2020

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has admitted that the club were close to selling one of its key assets in the summer, but that they no longer need to after the recent takeover.

The Addicks are under new ownership after Thomas Sandgraand became the main man at Charlton on Friday. In the lead-up to the takeover, Celtic had consistently been linked with another move for left winger Doughty (Scottish Sun).

Bowyer recently claimed that Charlton value him over the £1million mark (London News Online), a fee that Celtic haven’t gone over in any of their reported bids for him so far.

Lee Bowyer wants to keep Celtic-linked Alfie Doughty (Photo by Clive Rose / POOL / AFP)

However, now, the English boss appears more confident than ever of keeping him. Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer has stated that the club now doesn’t need to sell anyone.

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“Before we might have not been able to pay wages and had to sell someone – we were close to that. Today we don’t have to sell anyone.

“Thomas is a wealthy man and we’re very lucky. That’s where his money does count.

“Any deal has to be right and the offer has to be right. Gareth Bale just moved to Tottenham and that shows if the right offer comes in then us as a football club need to think about it. You have to ask – is that [the offer] good business for the club?”

An even more stubborn Charlton will be frustrating

Charlton have been standing firm on Doughty all throughout the summer. The fact they’re now in a stronger position financially is a tad frustrating for us if we’re looking to nab the winger.

Of course, the ace up our sleeve is the fact that Doughty’s contract is up at the end of the season. It’s either a case of accepting a bid now or risk losing him for nothing in January.

You can totally understand why Celtic are refusing to go to seven figures, or haven’t done so thus far. But this may be one we simply have to push further on. If Doughty is Neil Lennon’s number one target down the left side, the club should be moving the earth to try and get it done. If that means splashing out a tad more than we would’ve liked, it’s surely worth it.

Celtic target Alfie Doughty / (Photo by Ivan Yordanov/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

But Bowyer has been a frustrating figure throughout the entire saga. There’s been no encouragement there for Celtic, as you would perhaps expect, and he seems as determined as ever to keep his man. So much so that he may even now look a tad foolish if he does lose him.

Had their takeover not gone through, this looks like it could’ve already been done by now. However, there may have been confidence throughout the club for some time that Sandgraand was always going to get the deal done.

Thankfully, this is a saga which is going to end soon one way or another. With the transfer window closing within the next week (October 5th), Charlton will have a big decision to make as a club.

In other news, a Danish expert believes Celtic could sign a European captain for £8.5m.