Arsene Wenger is lining up a £12 million pound bid for Ireland and Wolves striker Kevin Doyle as the London club begin to loosing the purse strings and begin their summer spending.
Doyle emerged over the weekend as a target for Arsenal and Wenger believes that he can get his man and will test the resolve of the Wolves executive with a bid sometime this week.
Doyle first grabbed Wenger’s attention when Ireland played France in the World Cup play-off with in November 2009. Wenger, who was commentating on the game for a French channel raved about Doyle’s performance that night and as kept close tabs on the Irish international ever since.
If he were to move it would be a huge move for a player that signed for £6.5m in 2009 from Reading. Despite having two years left to run on his contract the lure of Champions League football could be the incentive that Doyle needs to leave Wolves.
Commenting on the situation 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.”