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Report: Celtic have back-up plan, would then target Alfie Doughty in deal worth less than £500,000

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Report: Celtic have back-up plan, would then target Alfie Doughty in deal worth less than £500,000

Celtic are ready to make one last attempt to sign Charlton Athletic left-back Alfie Doughty this summer but have a back-up plan if they are unsuccessful. 

It was reported by The Sun last week that Celtic were considering making a third bid for the Addicks star, worth around £800,000. Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has since come out and suggested that the League One side would be looking for a figure above £1 million to sell the player. 

“Whatever the (Celtic) offer was, it’s not enough,” Bowyer told South London Press last week. “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.”

 

Now, according to the Daily Record, Celtic are ready to make their last-ditch attempt to sign the player. 

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The Bhoys are looking for an extra left-back to replace Boli Bolingoli and challenge Greg Taylor for the first-choice role. 

However, the report also states that Celtic are prepared for the worst and would look at potential loan deals should they fail to secure Doughty. 

The 20-year-old is out of contract next summer and according to the Record, Celtic could secure him for a fee of less than £500,000 in compensation should they agree a pre-contract in January. 

A loan arrival would act as sufficient cover until Doughty would become a Celtic player next summer. 

So it appears Celtic are fairly relaxed over any potential deal for Doughty and have a full-proof plan manifesting to ensure, one way or another, that the Charlton player ends up at Parkhead. 

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