Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has revealed that three Championship clubs have had bids accepted for in-demand midfielder Alfie Doughty.
There has been much speculation about Doughty’s future in recent weeks, with Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers both linked with moves for the 21-year-old, whose contract at The Valley expires at the end of this season.
Championship side Stoke City have also been credited with an interest in Doughty, and it now seems as though the Potters are not the side trying to bring the young prospect to English football’s second-tier.
Speaking about Doughty’s situation following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley on Friday night – a game in which Doughty himself was absent from the matchday squad due to injury – Bowyer told London News Online: “There are three Championship sides that we have agreed terms with. I expect Alfie will speak to all three of them.
“I think he should. Don’t just make a rash decision – he should speak to all three.”
Indeed, Bowyer was full of praise for Doughty’s attitude in spite of the recent uncertainty around the midfielder’s future, as he added: “He’s been really good. He’s not been knocking on the door. But this is football – these are things you can’t control.
“I expect him to be gone in the near future – I don’t know how soon. I think it’s now down to the three clubs, Alfie, his family and his agent getting together and seeing which one he prefers.
“That might take a little time, that, but I expect him to be going.”
In total, Doughty has made 41 appearances in all competitions for the Addicks, scoring on three occasions.
Given the talent and potential he possesses, it does seem as though Doughty’s departure from The Valley will be a big blow for Charlton.
However, with the way things have played out recently, it has seemingly been inevitable for quite some time, and a move to the Championship means Charlton will at least receive some sort of fee for him.
Indeed, a months of speculation around his future, a conclusion to the Doughty saga could be a good thing in some ways for Charlton, since it will be one less distraction hanging over them in the promotion race.