According to a source, CELTIC and Rangers will have to act quickly if they are to secure Charlton Athletic defender Alfie Doughty’s services after Stoke City tabled a £ 650,000 bid.
After the Parkhead club declined two bids for Doughty in the summer, the two Premiership rivals have been targeting the left-back for some time, though Steven Gerrard’s league leaders are also reported to be tracking the 21-year-old.
The Daily Mail notes that Stoke manager Michael O’Neill is a huge fan of the youngster, and an initial bid of £ 650,000 has been made by the English Championship team.
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With Doughy’s contract expiring at the end of the season, the winger is free to negotiate a free transfer in the summer with other clubs – an offer that will presumably be favoured by the two Glasgow clubs.
However, after Stoke made an initial bid for the prized full-back, the two Glasgow clubs would have to rush to avoid losing out.
The defender of The Addicks has already told the club that he does not want to grow, and eventually it is up to him to decide.
A small transfer fee will have to be paid should Doughty sign for Celtic or Rangers – similar to the contract that took Joe Aribo from Charlton to Ibrox in 2019.
At the first chance, Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is going forward with intentions to leave Parkhead.
At that point, the Ibrox club paid £ 300,000 – a fraction of its estimated market value – and Charlton manager Lee Bowyer is determined to ensure that for little money he does not sacrifice another precious asset.
“If Alfie leaves us, it has to be the right thing for the soccer club,” he told the Mail.
No player is bigger than a soccer club, and no other player is different from Alfie.
With the signing of Eamonn Brophy, St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is “absolutely delighted”
“Alfie’s agent informs us that he’s not going to sign a new deal, and I’m disappointed with that.
“But that’s his decision, that’s his choice, we understand that.”