Charlton Athletic have turned down a bid from Celtic for younger winger Alfie Doughty.
Addicks boss Lee Bowyer has confirmed the Scottish champions made a transfer for the 20-year-old, however is hoping he’ll stick with the League One aspect.
Celtic’s head of soccer operations Nick Hammond was in attendance at Swindon City on Saturday to look at Doughty within the Addicks’ 3-1 victory within the Carabao Cup.
“We did flip down a proposal from Celtic,” confirmed Bowyer, talking to The South London Press. “And so they have been on the sport on the weekend, from what I perceive. However we’ve not heard something since.”
Doughty made 29 appearances within the Championship final season, impressing regardless of Charlton’s relegation to League One.
He has simply ten months left on his contract at The Valley and has additionally attracted consideration from Fulham.
Nonetheless, Bowyer has pleaded with the academy product to signal a brand new deal and ignore curiosity from larger golf equipment for now.
“In a great world, and that is simply me talking on how I’d advise Alfie, it will be for him to signal one other deal and do one other yr – do a full season with us,” he mentioned.
“He solely got here into the aspect at a stage later in final season. He did nicely. He will get himself into nice positions – like when he went via towards AFC Wimbledon and on Saturday – however it’s his finish product that he has to work on.
“If he stays with us for an additional season he’ll enhance extra, as a result of he has improved heaps since he has been with us.
“I do know what brokers are like – they wish to take them out. They give thought to what might be earned money-wise and never in regards to the child’s improvement – as a result of he wants creating.
“So I feel he ought to keep, signal and do a full season with us – enhance extra after which see what’s on the desk for him. As a result of if he goes someplace now the chances are he ain’t actually going to play. He isn’t going to profit from that.”