Celtic submit six-figure bid to sign ultimate utility man

Alfie Doughty scores for Charlton

It must be nice for Celtic to be on the opposing end of a transfer saga for once.

Time and time again, we've seen the Hoops at the mercy of the jaws of the Premier League and clubs abroad.

Think Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama or even Moussa Dembele, when it's come to their players, they've been highly sought-after.

You only need to look at the situations revolving around Odsonne Edouard and Kristoffer Ajer this summer.

Although the duo could bring in a combined £50m, they aren't exactly players that Neil Lennon will be too comfortable with losing.

They have both attracted interest from the Premier League and could leave in the not too distant future. 

Aston Villa want Edouard, while it's thought Southampton could be willing to pay £20m for Ajer.

Odsonne Edouard

However, Celtic are now the side doing the headhunting.

In recent days, a saga has broken out surrounding Charlton's Alfie Doughty.

Nick Hammond wants him and is willing to be patient to sign the youngster. Addicks boss Lee Bowyer rejected a bid over the weekend for his services but Celtic are now set to test their resolve with another six-figure bid.

That's according to The Daily Record who suggest a fee of £400,000, plus add-ons, has been proposed to the London side. 

The Glaswegians won't be held to ransom, though. They will wait until January to sign him on a pre-contract agreement if they can't settle on a transfer fee in the summer window.

Doughty's current deal at Charlton expires in 2021. 

Alfie Doughty vs West Brom

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It's clear to see why Celtic want the 20-year-old this summer.

Not only does he have a huge degree of potential, but he can also play pretty much anywhere on the pitch.

In 2019/20, the youngster played in a quite ridiculous eight positions.

He played the vast majority of his matches at left-back or on the left of midfield but he can also play as a holding player, a central midfielder, on the right-wing, or as a striker. 

If you keep that in mind, he'd solve a number of issues for the Bhoys.

Alfie Doughty celebrates

If Boli Bolingoli departs then they'll be extremely short at left-back. Greg Taylor would be the sole option, for example.

However, Doughty could also fill the lack of depth they have in a wide area going forward at present. 

Hammond may want to stay patient, but this is a signing that could benefit the squad enormously this season. £400,000 is an absolute bargain too. 

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