Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has hit out at “silly offers” for two of his star men has he discussed his valuation of Celtic-target Alfie Doughty.
Last week, the Scottish Sun reported that the Hoops were ready to make a third bid for the left-winger after two previous offers were rejected. That third bid was said to be in the region of £800k.
But since then things have gone quiet. Doughty played 90 minutes for the Addicks in yesterday’s 3-1 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers, with the ball seemingly back in Celtic’s court as things stand.
However, Bowyer believes that £800k wouldn’t be anywhere near the club’s valuation of the player regardless. Speaking to London News Online, the Charlton boss was touching on speculation regarding Doughty and fellow star-man Macauley Bonne.
“People are taking liberties with their offers. They are silly offers which we wouldn’t entertain. The offers come to Steve [Gallen, director of football] and then it goes to the directors. The directors have said they are not for sale.
“Alfie comes into that bracket as well. Whatever the offer was [by Celtic] it’s not enough. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter if they’d offered £1m if we’ve said no and value him at more than that.”
Charlton not proving easy to deal with; how much do Celtic want Doughty?
Charlton’s hard-line stance here isn’t helpful given it’s clear that Celtic are trying to snap up Doughty for a nominal fee. All of a sudden, the price is getting higher and higher.
You get the feeling Celtic are wanting to avoid a seven-figure number here. But the problem is that the League One club may be happy to sacrifice the cash being offered by the Hoops in order to go for promotion this season.
With Doughty being in the final year of his contract, the negotiations should be a lot easier than this. But now we may be about to see just how much Celtic and Neil Lennon truly want the Englishman.
If Doughty is a real priority this summer, the club will surely come to an agreement with Charlton and wouldn’t haggle too much over a couple of hundred thousand.
It’s also worth stating that Bowyer may not speak for the Charlton hierarchy either. As the manager, of course he’ll want to keep his best players at the club for as long as possible. What tempts him to sell and what tempts the Charlton board to sell could be different valuations.
But there’s no denying this is dragging on longer than we would’ve liked. Fingers crossed we get some form of a breakthrough this week.