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Sunday 17 December 2017

Kevin Doyle is left in limbo at Wolves as window closes

Kevin Doyle will miss Ireland's game against Scotland with a groin injury
Kevin Doyle will miss Ireland's game against Scotland with a groin injury

KEVIN DOYLE now faces an uncertain future after the transfer window closed last night without a formal bid for the Ireland striker.

Doyle spent the first half of this season on loan to Crystal Palace as he was not wanted at Wolves - he's under contract until the end of the season - but that loan spell was ended last month as Doyle returned to Wolves and Palace opted not to extend the deal.

The Wexford man has remained out in the cold at Molineux, unable to even make the bench for their last two games. Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has made it clear for some time that Doyle is not in his plans, but last night there was no offer placed on the table for Doyle, despite some reports that Middlesbrough were keen on the Ireland international.

"No, we haven't had an enquiry at all," said Jackett when asked about bids for Doyle and Roger Johnson.

"Both players would, I'm sure, be available if the right situation came up but it doesn't look like anything is brewing."

While the window for permanent transfers has now closed, the market for loan deals re-opens next week and Doyle's best option would be to work hard in seeking a move away on loan.

Jackett had said that the door was not completely closed for Doyle at the club but Doyle has rarely featured for Wolves since their back-to-back relegations and his last league goal for the club came back in November 2013.

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"If I'd like to put Kevin in and I needed to, I wouldn't hesitate. I do find him a very solid professional and I think he'd give it his best," said Jackett last week.

Doyle, who had been out of favour at international level due to his club woes, forced himself back onto the Ireland scene in recent months, scoring twice in three games under Martin O'Neill, against Costa Rica and Oman and he came on as sub in the rout against Gibraltar last October.

Sean St Ledger is another Irish player keen to secure his future in the coming days.

He is currently on trial with MLS side DC United. As he is a free agent, there is no issue with him in terms of signing if he does enough on trial to earn a contract offer.

Apart from a one-month stay at Ipswich, he has been without a club since last summer.

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