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‘SILLY OFFERS’: BOWYER BLASTS CELTIC’S ALFIE BIDS

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ANGRY Lee Bowyer has hit out at “silly offers” for his Charlton players – including Celtic’s bids for 20-year-old Alfie Doughty.

The left-sided midfielder has reportedly been the subject of two bids from the Hoops, the second in the £650,000 region.

There has also been talk of a third of around £800,000 for Doughty before the October 5 transfer deadline. The champions could wait until January and get the talented youngster on a pre-contract as he is will be a free agent in June.

However, Neil Lennon would prefer the move to be done and dusted as swiftly as possible and introduce Doughty to the first-team squad in a massive season for the club.

The youngster played the entire 90 minutes in his side’s 3-1 League One loss at home to Doncaster Rovers yesterday.

Bowyer insisted Scotland’s title kings will need to make an offer of more than £1million before they even considered selling one of their hottest properties.

The London side’s manager has accused clubs of trying to take advantage of the financial situation the Addicks find themselves in as they remain under a transfer embargo with new owners trying to take charge.

Bowyer told London News Online: “People are taking liberties with their offers. They are silly offers which we wouldn’t entertain.

“The offers come to Steve [Gallen, director of football] and then it goes to the directors. The directors have said they are not for sale. We bought Macauley Bonne as a project and so far he is developing well.

“For us, as a club, why would we sell Macauley now? Unless it was some crazy offer then we wouldn’t sell Macauley. It would be tough to replace him. So it doesn’t make sense.

“Alfie comes into that bracket, as well. Whatever the offer was [by Celtic]it’s not enough. That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter if they’d offered £1million if we’ve said no and value him at more than that.”

Lennon will continue his search for another left-sided performer after blunder Bhoy Boli Bolingoli was packed off to Turkey on loan for the remainder of the season.

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