Much has been discussed regarding players leaving Arsenal this summer, but in a refreshing change for Gunners fans, the club have been linked with a £12m swoop for a new striker.
The man in question is Wolves forward Kevin Doyle. The Irishman – who has scored 33 goals in his four seasons in the Premier League – has caught the eye of Arsene Wenger in recent seasons and the Arsenal boss is ready to tempt Wolves with a significant bid for his services.
This may come as a surprise for many and will perhaps remind people about another occasion when Wenger signed a ‘fox in the box’ striker.
Francis Jeffers signed for the Gunners for £8m in 2001 but could only manage four goals during his three years at the club. Should the Doyle deal go through, Wenger will be hopeful that it proves more successful.
With regards to Wolves’ stance on this transfer deal, they are thought to be very keen to hold onto one of their main strikers, but they will be tempted to sell if £12m is put on the table.
Molinuex boss Mick McCarthy recently said that it would take £50m for them to part with Doyle though, so it might not be easy for Arsenal to prize him away from the Midlands club.
Wenger has been a long-term admirer of Doyle and is keen for him to play alongside Robin Van Persie next season. The Irishman has incredible work rate and an eye for goal, two attributes that would suit a new-look Arsenal team next season.
The player himself would surely be keen on a move to the Emirates too. Having played for St Patrick’s Athletic, Cork City, Reading and Wolves so far in his professional career, the 27-year-old would find the opportunity to play for a club like Arsenal too hard to turn down.
This speculation certainly continues the fascination with Arsenal’s transfer dealings this summer. Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri are all thought to be on their way out with Doyle the latest linked as a replacement.
Quite how Wenger’s squad is going to look come August nobody knows, but it is certainly fascinating to watch everything unfold!