Stoke City have tabled a bid for reported Rangers transfer target Alfie Doughty as his contract runs down at Charlton, according to the Stoke Sentinel.
The English Championship have reportedly submitted an offer for the left-back-turned-winger with the player’s contract running down at the Valley.
The 21-year-old is also reportedly interesting Old Firm rivals Celtic with Rangers first linked to the player through the Athletic.
This news also comes after Charlton boss Lee Bowyer appeared to ward off potential suitors by talking up the player’s injury.
The Addicks boss is determined to have Doughty sign a new deal at the club and is wary that Charlton cannot rush the player back from a hamstring knock.
“Of course we want him to sign, but he has to be careful as well,” explains Bowyer [South London Press].
“If he comes back none of us know if he’ll be the same player – because his game is all about pace and he has done his hamstring.
“In my whole career I did about two hamstrings! That’s because I wasn’t gifted with pace. If you look it is the players who have pace that tend to have problems with their hamstrings.”
I don’t think many are going to buy that one, Lee, least of all Stoke who appear to have made their intentions clear with a bid for the player.
There’s been nothing concrete in the way of bids from Rangers or Celtic in this window – with the Parkhead club having two rejected in the summer – but Charlton face a tough decision this month.
Unless they agree a deal with the player to either stay or move on, they risk losing him for a cut-price compensation fee should he make the move to Glasgow.
This comes just after a former Premier League full-back and Rangers star had claimed he believed the Gers were in the “driver’s seat” regarding the player’s future.