Charlton Athletic’s new owner Thomas Sandgaard has made it clear the club will do everything it can to keep apparent Celtic transfer target Alfie Doughty at The Valley long-term.
Celtic were consistently linked with a move for the left-back throughout the summer transfer window as the Bhoys looked to bring in competition for Greg Taylor in the role.
However, they came up short on numerous occasions with several bids being rejected by the London club. In the end, they managed to secure the eye-catching loan addition of Uruguayan international Diego Laxalt from AC Milan.
But, as reported by the Daily Record, that has not put Celtic off the player. Instead, they are willing to wait until January when they can attempt to sign him on a pre-contract deal as his current Addicks contract expires next summer. The compensation fee involved could reportedly be lower than £500,000.
But Sandgaard, who completed his takeover of the League One club from East Street Investments late last month, has made it clear that he will be trying to secure Doughty to a longer-term deal.
“No I don’t see that [Doughty leaving this week]. He’s too important, Sandgaard informed the South London Press. “Of course [we want to secure him to a long-term deal]. That would only be the right thing to do.
“I think he’s doing great and seems very comfortable at the club. It’s a really good foundation for talent like that.”
Of course, Celtic could end up seeing Doughty head elsewhere in the English football league, where cross-division transfers are still eligible until the end of this week.
But it seems Charlton’s enigmatic new owner is confident of convincing Doughty to sign on the dotted line of a new deal.
If that was the case, Celtic would be back to trying to find a transfer fee both clubs agree on for his services should they revisit the interest in the future.
Considering how hard that has been with his contract expiring, Celtic would appear to be losing this battle if Doughty signs a new Charlton deal.