Key condition revealed as Stoke City try to secure transfer


Any deal for Stoke City target Alfie Doughty would see him loaned back to Charlton Athletic, Lee Bowyer has confirmed.

The Potters, Bournemouth and QPR have had bids accepted for the exciting winger, who is currently sidelined with a torn hamstring and is not expected to return to action until the end of February.

Doughty, who has six months remaining on his Charlton contract, is now weighing up where his future lies.

Wherever he chooses though, the 21-year-old has stated his desire to see out the season with League One Charlton, who are hoping to secure an immediate return to the Championship.

“Part of the deal is that Alfie will be coming back on loan,” said Addicks manager Bowyer, reported the South London Press.

“Alfie himself has said he has started the season with us and he’d like to finish it. He wants to be part of trying to help us finish as high as possible, which is good.

“I imagine he will get fit and then whichever club gets him will send him back on loan to us until the end of the season. Then he’ll go back to wherever he goes.

“Whenever he comes back training he will have been out a while. He has got to try and get up to match speed.

“If we have him for the last couple of months then that will be a bonus but with these injuries you have to be careful, because things can happen between now and then. It is difficult to predict.”

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Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has confirmed his interest in Doughty.

“We’ve made a bid for Alfie Doughty. Obviously there are other teams interested as well,” said the Potters boss following Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester City.

“We’ll speak to the player. We tried to bring him in during the summer, it wasn’t possible for us to get a deal done at that point in time.

“We’ll have to wait now and see. The decision rests with the player at this minute in time.

“He’s a young player who we’d like to bring in and we’ll look at other opportunities that may or may not exist in this transfer window as well.”





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