Charlton Athletic owner Thomas Sandgaard has claimed that the club does not expect to see Alfie Doughty leave before Friday’s deadline but has left the door open to Dillon Phillips’ departure.
Doughty, whose current deal is set to expire next summer, has been linked with a move away from the Valley this summer with both Celtic and Luton Town understood to have tabled bids during the current window.
Speaking to London News Online, Sandgaard indicated that he expected the 20-year-old would remain an Addicks player beyond tomorrow’s 5pm deadline.
He explained: “Alfie Doughty is someone we expect to be staying. He’s part of the future of the club. I’m not really interested in selling at this point.
“No I don’t see that [Doughty going before the deadline]. He’s too important.”
The Charlton owner suggested that trying to agree new deals for some of the club’s most prized assets would “only be the right thing to do”.
He added: “I think [Doughty]’s doing great and seems very comfortable at the club. It’s a really good foundation for talent like that.”
Phillips has also been the subject of a fair bit of reported speculation this summer, with Birmingham City and Middlesbrough among the clubs touted with an interest.
The 25-year-old’s contract is set to expire next term and Sandgaard has indicated he could yet leave before the window closes.
He said: “I can definitely see Dillon Phillips leaving because he has expressed such a strong interest not to stay with the club.
“That makes sense. We have a couple of days left to see if things work out for another club for him.”
The Danish businessman completed his takeover of the south London club last month and with their transfer embargo lifted, has helped them to get some significant business done over the last few weeks.
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Charlton have been very busy in the transfer market since Sandgaard’s successful takeover and you feel there could be yet more business before Friday’s deadline.
It appears that while the exit of Doughty is considered unlikely, the Addicks are hoping someone comes in with an offer for Phillips before the window closes.
The 25-year-old was the Addicks’ player of the season last term but has become something of an outcast over the summer following speculation about a potential exit.