The Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has claimed that Celtic made ‘another offer’ for Alfie Doughty last week.
Doughty has been linked with a move to Celtic throughout the summer transfer window, which ends at midnight tonight for the Bhoys.
But Bowyer, whose side can still do domestic deals until 16 October, is confident of keeping hold of the left-back, despite him having entered the final year of his contract at the Valley.
“They made another offer last week as far as I’m aware,” the former Charlton and England midfielder told London News Online. “I don’t know if it was verbal or actually on paper. But it wasn’t enough, whatever it was.
“Yeah, yeah I’m confident [of Doughty staying] unless Celtic come back with an offer which would interest us. I think Alfie is going to stay.”
There has been talk that Celtic could put their Doughty pursuit on hold until January, by which point they will be able to discuss a pre-contract deal with the 20-year-old.
But Bowyer, it seems, is relaxed about that prospect – although Celtic could have competition for Doughty from an unnamed English club.
“We get compensation even if Alfie goes cross border in the summer,” he added.
“We have to weigh up the pros and cons if Alfie goes, we’d need someone ready to replace him.
“There is a club that is interested in this country as well. And it works the same way – what are they prepared to pay? If it’s right we’ll consider it. But we don’t want to sell Alfie, of course we don’t. In an ideal world Alfie signs the contract and keeps progressing.
“He ain’t the finished article, for sure. In my eyes he should stay, sign his contract and crack on.”
In the meantime, Celtic are being linked with a loan for the AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt.
That could help to tide the Bhoys over until Doughty becomes approachable next year.
But Celtic will have to hope they have not been beaten to it by then, especially with the English window extending beyond this evening.