Report: Celtic pursue £750,000 Alfie Doughty; can solve left flank issue
Charlton Athletic prospect Alfie Doughty has emerged as a £750,000 transfer target for Celtic, The Scottish Sun has reported on Sunday.
Neil Lennon is on the hunt for someone who can add depth to the Bhoys’ left flank.
Ideally that would be a player capable of operating as a left wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation.
Doughty, who has experience of playing as a left-back or a left-midfielder, appears to fit the bill.
The Scottish Sun reports that Celtic have been tracking his progress for months and are now ready to bring him to Glasgow if they can negotiate the right fee with the English League One outfit.
High profile transfer journalist Alan Nixon has also reported on the interest, claiming that two senior Celtic men were in attendance to watch him in action against Swindon Town this weekend.
One of the duo was Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond and Nixon reckons that the Scottish champions have already made contact about the potential transfer.
CELTIC. Taking major interest in Doughty at CHARLTON. Already been contact. Two top men watched yesterday, including Hammond.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) September 6, 2020
Doughty played in left midfield during the 3-1 League Cup win, one of 33 appearances in total for the Addicks (Transfermarkt).
He looks to have the profile of someone who could perform that hybrid role at Celtic, potentially replacing the frozen out Boli Bolingoli.
The 20-year-old may not have much experience but clearly the Bhoys see something they like if our interest is progressing.
The club haven’t skimped on quality so far in this transfer window.
While Doughty wouldn’t exactly be the most fashionable of signings and doesn’t have the international or European experience of our recent recruits, faith should be placed in Hammond and Lennon.
This one could move quickly if our interest is genuine.