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Stoke City Close to Signing Charlton Athletic’s Alfie Doughty

Alfie Doughty

Stoke City are expecting to secure a permanent deal for Charlton Athletic’s Alfie Doughty, according to Richard Cawley of the South London Press.

The 21-year-old has been the subject of higher tier interest since The Addicks were relegated from the Championship last season.

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Since the summer, Doughty has become a highly sought-after left-sided player and a move away from The Valley has been on the cards for a while. Luton Town and Celtic both submitted bids for the talented 21-year-old earlier in the season, according to Herald Scotland, with the former eventually opting for Rhys Norrington-Davies, a player that has since joined The Potters.

Elsewhere in the Championship, both AFC Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers expressed an interest in Doughty, but it seems like The Potters are in pole position to secure a deal with the highly-rated left-sided man.

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Alfie Doughty will not be ready for action, if signed in the coming days, as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out since late October.

The 21-year-old is certainly deemed a long-term option, with Rhys Norrington-Davies currently occupying Doughty’s left-back position. However, the Welshman is expected to return to Sheffield United at the end of the season to fight for a place in Chris Wilder’s starting lineup.

Despite progressing through the ranks at Charlton as a left-back, Lee Bowyer has also frequently played the 21-year-old on the left side of midfield. His versatility will suit Stoke boss Michael O’Neill, who has often opted to use wing-backs this season, a system that is likely to benefit Doughty, who is usually a very attack-minded full-back.

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