EXCLUSIVE: Champ trio join Rangers, Celtic in hunt for Charlton star

Date published: Saturday 9th January 2021 9:47 - Graeme Bailey

Alfie Doughty

Bournemouth, QPR and Stoke City have all made moves to land Charlton Athletic star Alfie Doughty, TEAMtalk can reveal.

Rangers and Celtic are also keen on the 21-year-old midfielder – who can play anywhere down the left.

Doughty is currently sidelined with a serious knee injury which means he is unlikely to play for much of this season.

But despite his injury, a battle for his signature is taking place. Both Old Firm giants can talk to the Charlton academy product as he is out-of-contract at the end of the season.

However, he also has options to stay in England. Charlton have accepted bids to sell the midfielder and we understand the interested clubs Bournemouth, QPR and Stoke have all been given permission to talk to the player.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer told Londonnewsonline that he expects the midfielder to leave.

“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,” he said.

“Don’t just make a rash decision – he should speak to all three.

“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.”

Bournemouth also keen on Marcus Edwards

Were Brentford to sign Doughty, that is unlikely to be their last piece of business this month.

Jason Tindall’s side are well placed in the hunt for promotion and currently sit third, two points behind second-placed Swansea.

We understand the Cherries are also among a plethora of clubs looking at former Tottenham talent Marcus Edwards.

The 22-year-old winger left Spurs for Vitoria Guiamares in September 2019 after struggling for game time in north London.

In his first season in Portugal, the Englishman netted nine goals and assisted six others in 36 appearances. This term, meanwhile, he has continued to flourish and is pushing Vitoria up the top-flight table.

However, that form has seen him linked with several English sides – with Bournemouth among those keen.

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