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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Cardiff splash cash on Doyle

FORMER League of Ireland man Eoin Doyle (below) hopes that his move up a division with his €1million transfer to Cardiff City could lead to an international call-up.

The former Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers man was today training with his new team-mates at Cardiff for the first time following last night's move from Chesterfield, the deal finally going through with the added complication of a late show of interest from West Brom before the Baggies backed away from the deal.

The transfer will cost Cardiff over €1m (£850,000) with more cash to come Chesterfield's way should Cardiff - currently mid-table in the Championship and off the pace in the promotion race - get into the Premier League.

Now 26, Doyle has never been capped but he hopes that playing at a level higher than League One can open the door. "It is in the back of my mind," he said of an Ireland call.

"It would be a dream to play for my country but I've got to play regularly for Cardiff first. I couldn't have signed for a better club than Cardiff. They have massive support, Premier League facilities and are very ambitious. I got the call yesterday morning and was delighted to come down and finally get it sorted after all the speculation," added Doyle after agreeing a two and a half year deal with the ambitious Welsh side.

With 21 goals for Chesterfield this season, making him the leading scorer across the divisions in England, Doyle was in demand with a number of Championship and League One sides keen, but Doyle's agent, Eamonn Collins, said today there was a late show of interest from West Brom.

"We got a bite from Cardiff yesterday morning and they agreed a deal with Chesterfield. Eoin packed his bags and went down to Cardiff but on the way down we had an interest from a Premier League club. They said they were keen but had other irons in the fire," says Collins.

"When a Premier League club comes knocking, well we slowed down and just waited for a couple of hours to see if that one got going. We just waited to see but unfortunately the West Brom thing went dead and we went on down to Cardiff, which Eoin was happy to do in the end."

The Welsh side are willing to pay an initial fee of £400,000 (€530,000) and another £450,000 (€600,000) in staged payments, with more bonuses due to Chesterfield if Cardiff win promotion to the Premier League.

Dubliner Doyle began his senior career with Shamrock Rovers in 2007 but made his name with Sligo Rovers, winning two FAI Cup medals, earning a move to Hibs and then Chesterfield.

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