Monday, 4 July 2011

Arsenal Target Wolves striker

Arsene Wenger is lining up a £12million bid for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle as Arsenal finally prepare to splash the cash.Wenger has targeted Doyle for a surprise switch to the Emirates and will test Mick McCarthy’s resolve to keep the Republic of Ireland international this summer.Doyle is high on Arsenal’s hit-list of transfer priorities and Wenger wants him to spearhead a new-look Gunners team that will have a British spine.Gary Cahill and Scott Parker are other targets and Arsenal are ready to firm up their long-standing interest in Doyle with a substantial offer.Wenger is a huge admirer of the 27-year-old’s lung-busting work rate and he first came on the radar during Ireland’s World Cup play-off with France in November 2009. The Gunners boss was commentating for French TV and raved about Doyle’s performance - and is now preparing to offer him the chance to become part of a new Arsenal era nearly 18 months later.

Doyle, signed from Reading for a then club record fee of £6.5m in 2009, is halfway through a four-year contract and Wolves are keen to open negotiations over an improved deal.

Molineux chairman Steve Morgan said: “I’m sure we’ll 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.”

McCarthy has previously insisted it will take an offer of £50m to convince him to part with Doyle and will be determined to fight off Wenger’s interest.

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