Celtic will wait until January before making another move for Charlton Athletic’s Alfie Doughty, with the Glasgow Times reporting the Scottish champions hope to snap him up on a pre-contract agreement.
While Addicks boss Lee Bowyer might have scoffed at “silly offers” put on the table by the Scottish Premiership champions, demanding at least £1 million for his prized asset, you can understand why Celtic were unwilling to stump up a seven-figure sum.
After all, Doughty will be a free agent in summer 2021.
And why pay more than £1 million now for a player you can have for nothing in less than 12 months’ time?
According to the Glasgow Times, Celtic have had two offers rejected for the 20-year-old wideman, who is viewed at Parkhead as a more attack-minded alternative to Greg Taylor in the problematic left-back spot.
But the Hoops now plan to place Doughty on the backburner until the new year.
Celtic will open talks again in January, when they will be free to snap up one of the brightest talents from below the border on a pre-contract agreement.
In the meantime, Uruguay international Diego Laxalt is expected to arrive on loan from AC Milan as a short-term solution.
Experienced, combative and equally comfortable at both ends of the pitch, the Serie A veteran will bridge the gap until Doughty’s contract expires.
Celtic’s record transfer sales
£25 million (Arsenal)
£19.7 million (Lyon)
£12.5 million (Southampton)
Virgil van Dijk
£11.5 million (Southampton)
£10 million (Southampton)