Charlton have told Celtic that Alfie Doughty is not for sale, The Daily Record reports.
The paper say that despite the wideman’s contract expiring at the end of the season, Charlton are not willing to do business for him before next month’s transfer deadline.
Doughty is a big target for the Scottish champions, who are said to have already submitted two bids for the player with potentially a third on the way (The Scottish Sun).
However, Celtic also know that they could land Doughty on a pre-contract basis in January and sign him for a small cross-border compensation fee at the end of the current campaign.
The stand-off could lead to the club pursuing a short-term loan solution and going back in for Doughty when it’s possible to speak to him directly, the report states.
Neil Lennon badly needs a body in the door on the left flank having been forced into selecting right winger James Forrest in the role against Ross County at the weekend.
Greg Taylor was left on the bench and it could be that the manager just doesn’t quite fancy the former Kilmarnock man as the answer in his 3-5-2 formation.
Doughty looks the part, possessing pace and skill.
If Charlton are truly intent on keeping him for their promotion push then there might not be much we can do.
A short-term loan would at least bridge the gap between now and his arrival but it certainly isn’t ideal in such an important season.
There could still be a few twists and turns on this one and there is plenty of time left to do business, so hopefully the Addicks soften their stance and receive a bid they’re happy with.