Lee Bowyer has admitted that Alfie Doughty’s situation isn’t fully in their control as the January transfer window beckons.
The Charlton Athletic starlet faces an uncertain with his contract at The Valley due to expire next summer.
The Addicks are keen to extend the deal of the 20-year-old but it seems that interest from elsewhere is complicating the matter for the League One club.
Scottish champions Celtic have been heavily linked with a move for the versatile star and can discuss a pre-contract agreement from January 1, but according to Bowyer, they’re not giving up on their hopes of retaining their prized asset.
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Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer said: “All I can tell you is that we’re trying [to get him to sign].
“Steve Gallen [director of football] is speaking to his agent. As a club we want him to sign. We know the situation with Alfie and that he can go cross-border. We know, because Joe Aribo did that.
“But, for me, that wouldn’t be the right thing for Alfie to do. Albie [Morgan] and Ashley [Maynard-Brewer] have both signed new contracts – two young lads who have been given a chance to be in the first team.
“We put Alfie in the same bracket. We gave him a chance last season, so we expect a bit of loyalty. The offers we’ve made are good – but we can only control so much.”
It’s not looking good for Charlton Athletic’s hopes of retaining Alfie Doughty.
The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Celtic – a switch which is bound to be appealing given the Addicks’ current position in the EFL pyramid.
The next few weeks will be crucial and as far as Bowyer is concerned, it’s time to throw everything that they have at the situation to keep him at the Valley in the long run.