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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Wolves eye Doyle deal

WOLVES are preparing to open contract talks with Kevin Doyle to secure his future at the Molineaux and stave off the attentions of Arsene Wenger.

Wanderers are desperate to secure the services of the Wexford man who has been their attacking focal point since joining from Reading in 2009 for £6.5million.

Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the striker and is believed to be weighing up a £10m swoop for him.

The Gunners boss decided against bidding for the Irish striker last year after Liverpool had an £8.5m bid rejected.

Wolves are aware that officials at the Emirates, Everton and Sunderland are monitoring the situation and are looking to bolster his contract from £20,000 a week to closer to £30,000.



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Wolves owner Steve Morgan said: "I am sure we will have those conversations with Kevin and his agent at the right time.

"Kevin has been a fantastic signing for this club and is a really, really key player for us.

"We'd like to secure his services going forward."

Elsewhere at Molineux, Jamie O'Hara admits a lack of first-team opportunities forced him to leave Tottenham and sign a five-year contract with Wolves.

O'Hara joined Spurs, the club he supported as a youngster, as a 17-year-old and admits the White Hart Lane outfit will always have a place in his heart.

But he is looking to develop his career at Molineux, following a £5m move yesterday, after an initial loan spell last season.

O'Hara said: "It's painful to leave because I always wanted to play for Tottenham.

"I played over 50 games for them and I was part of the club for a long period of time.

"I joined them when I was 17 and I was a Spurs fan so I always wanted to play for the club.

"But I never really felt like I had the opportunity.

"Juande Ramos played me in a lot of games but then I kind of fell out of favour when Harry Redknapp came in."

O'Hara, 24, added: "I had a really good pre-season when Redknapp took over but I still got left out.

"I think from that point on, I realised it was time to move on. It just wasn't happening for me.

"Sometimes your face fits and now I just need to play some regular football.

"It's hard to leave them because I've always supported them and I still love the club.

"It's a fantastic club. But now I'm a Wolves fan and a Wolves player."

O'Hara has become Wolves' first signing of the summer after scoring three goals in 14 matches since joining them on loan in January.

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