Lee Bowyer has spelled out that Alfie Doughty will only leave Charlton Athletic if the terms of the deal are right.
Stoke City are pushing to try and conclude a deal for the pacey left winger, 21, who is due to be out of contract at the end of June.
Addicks owner Thomas Sandgaard told the South London Press yesterday that the League One club were in discussions over a transfer in the current window – but also made it clear that other teams were also in discussions.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer said: “There is interest but there was interest in the summer.
“If Alfie does leave then it will have to be the right thing for the football club. No one player is bigger than the football club – and Alfie is no different.
“Alfie’s agent has told us he won’t sign a new deal and I’m disappointed with that. This time last year his agent was saying we should leave him on loan in non-league [at Bromley] instead of calling him back. We’ve given him the opportunity and we want him to sign a new contract. But that’s his decision, that’s his choice – we understand that.
“We will make sure that it is the right deal for the club if he does go.
“We can’t make anyone sign.
“But we have to be strong. There are certain conversations going on that are probably a bit harsh, but that’s the way negotiations go.
“I trust in Steve [Gallen, director of football]. He will get the right thing for the club. He has done really well in the past and that won’t change.”
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