A third Championship club has entered the race to sign Charlton wide-man Alfie Doughty as a four-horse race involving Rangers gets a fifth runner.

A report in the Herald had originally claimed that both Rangers and Celtic had submitted a pre-contract offer for the player with Stoke City making a formal bid to sign Doughty in January.

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It is now reportedly a five-horse race for Charlton’s Alfie Doughty with Rangers reportedly offering the player a pre-contract deal. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)

A later report in the Daily Record would claim that a second – at that point unnamed Championship club – had also matched the Stoke bid for the player.

The Record report claims that the fee agreed for Doughty is in the region of £600k.

Now, a report in TEAMtalk is claiming that QPR and Bournemouth are the second and third Championship clubs to join the race for the player.

Rangers have been regularly linked to the Charlton Athletic full-back-turned-winger over the last month or so and the decision now appears to be firmly in Doughty’s court as he considers his future.

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Doughty came through the youth ranks at the Valley and made his professional debut with the Addicks back in 2018.

Injuries have limited the player’s game time so far this season but Doughty started the season on blistering form, scoring on League One’s opening day against Crewe Alexandra.

The midfielder would also register two assists in seven league games before being injured against Northampton Town in October.

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Charlton full-back Alfie Doughty is out of contract at the Valley in the summer. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The winger-turned-wing-back hasn’t been seen since then with a hamstring knock but is considered amongst the English third tiers top talents.

Doughty is one of a number of players being linked to Ibrox this January and looking towards the summer but Steven Gerrard was coy when asked about potential signings this week.

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