Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has been discussing the future of reported Celtic target Alfie Doughty, insisting that clubs will need to up their currently ‘silly’ offers if they are to get their hands on the young talent.
Celtic are on the hunt for a new left-back following the departure of Boli Bolingoli and the 20-year-old seemingly fits the bill.
As reported by the Scottish Sun this week, Celtic have been willing to pay up to £800,000 for the player but, as yet, have not reached an agreement with the Addicks.
It seems, at least according to the Charlton boss, that Celtic have some way to go before reaching his asking price, as he discussed the young full-back and his teammate Macauley Bonne’s respective futures this week.
“People are taking liberties with their offers,” Bowyer told the South London Press earlier this week. “They are silly offers which we wouldn’t entertain.
Bowyer continued: “For us as a club, why would we sell Macauley now? Unless it was some crazy offer then we wouldn’t sell Macauley. It would be tough to replace him. So it doesn’t make sense.
“Alfie comes into that bracket as well. Whatever the (Celtic) offer was it’s not enough. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter if they’d offered £1 million if we’ve said no and value him at more than that.”
It is clear that Celtic feel the need to bring in another left-back to adequately supplement current start Greg Taylor this summer and several names have been linked with a move.
Just this week, the Bhoys were also credited with an interest in Genk defender Jere Uronen.
Doughty, in Celtic’s eyes, probably looked a cheaper option but Charlton are refusing to be pushed over in this potential transfer battle.
If Celtic are to get their hands on Doughty, they will clearly have to up their current offer.