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Firm bid reported for summer Celtic target

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Stoke are reported to have made a bid of £650,000 to sign Alfie Doughty from Charlton.

Lee Bowyer was dismissive of an offer from Celtic during the summer transfer window but now faces a tough choice with the player out of action with a hamstring injury and out of contract in the summer.

Neil Lennon has spoken of the need to bring in a winger this month but with no competitive football since October Doughty isn’t likely to make any impact ahead of Mikey Johnston or James Forrest.

The Sun reports:

And now the Daily Mail reports that Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill has submitted a £650,000 offer for the player and are poised to follow up on it.

While they hope to secure his signature straight away, they claim that the Glasgow giants have preferred thus far this window to pursue the possibility of luring the player north of the border when his contact at the Valley runs out this summer.

The Hoops are long-term admirers of the player, having had two bids for versatile player rejected by the Addicks during the summer window.

Doughty broke into the Charlton team following Lockdown last season but was unable to prevent their return to League One.

With his contract up in June he can sit tight and move on as a free agent which is bound to be of interest to most clubs in the Championship with Stoke hoping to jump the queue with their cash offer.

Lockdown conditions across the UK are expected to have an impact during the January window with players less inclined to make a move.

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