CELTIC have received a huge boost in the hunt for Charlton Athletic full back Alfie Doughty after the Addicks confirmed the signing of Norwich’s Akin Famewo.
The London side confirmed the season-long loan signing of Famewo that may open the door for Doughty’s move to Celtic. The versatile Famewo can play left back and centre back meaning that he could potentially replace the Celtic target.
As reported earlier today by the Daily Record, Celtic look set to make a final bid to entice the young Englishman with a move to the Scottish Champions. However, with just a year remaining on his contract, Lee Bowyer may look to cash in on the player instead of losing him on a free transfer next summer.
DONE DEAL ✍️
Welcome to The Valley, Akin Famewo!
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Speaking to the Charlton website, Bowyer praised the versatility of Famewo.
“He’s a young lad but he’s very, very good. He’s good in possession, we lost Naby, so we had to replace him. Akin is someone who naturally can play on that left side, who is confident, who can step out and he can play. He can also play left back or left of a three – there is a lot of versatility with him, so he’s another good addition. Norwich speak very, very highly of him. We’re lucky to have been able to get a player like him.”
Celtic meanwhile will take this as a sign that Charlton are preparing for Doughty’s departure and could strengthen their bargaining position with the club aware that Charlton are planning on cashing in instead of losing him on a free.
Doughty’s contract expires next summer, leaving him free to sign a pre-contract agreement in January. Whilst it is clear that Lennon wants his man, there may be other options to explore in the meantime as Celtic look to replace Bolingoli.