Doyle needs convincing to join Boro in loan deal from Wolves
Middlesbrough struck a deal with Wolves last night to bring Kevin Doyle on loan to the Riverside for the rest of the season.
But the deal still hangs in the balance as Doyle is waiting to be convinced by the Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka, that he will be a regular rather than bit-part player at the Championship club.
Karanka has a shortlist of transfer targets and Hull City's Danny Graham is top of it. So should Graham say yes to his home-town club, then Karanka will have to persuade Doyle that he will have a major part to play. Otherwise, the Irishman has little intention of swapping the bench at one club for another.
"There have been enquiries about members of our striking department," said the Wolves boss Kenny Jackett.
Elsewhere, the Everton manager Roberto Martinez has ruled Seamus Coleman out of tomorrow's Premier League game against Aston Villa, but believes the Irish international will be available for the crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham on February 9.
Coleman – clearly Ireland's best player in this Premier League season – has missed Everton's last two games after picking up a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with West Brom.
"This weekend is a little bit too early for Seamus (in terms of his recovery)," Martinez said. "But I think he will be fully fit for the Spurs game."
His fellow Irish international, Joey O'Brien, is less fortunate. After dislocating his shoulder during West Ham's draw with Chelsea on Wednesday, O'Brien is facing three months on the sidelines, thereby ruling him out of Ireland's international against Serbia on March 5.
"It's desperately unfortunate for Joey, because he has had more than his fair share of injuries," said his manager, Sam Allardyce. "But he has bounced back before and I'm sure he will do so again."
Another Irishman hoping to bounce back is Paul Green – surplus to requirements at Leeds United – and in negotiations with Ipswich Town about a loan deal which could give his season the injection of morale it so desperately needs.
The 30-year-old has not played for Leeds since October – and has not played any competitive football at all since earning the man-of-the-match award for Ireland against Poland in November.
Yet if Green is prepared to accept an 18-month contract and £7,000-a-week wages then the loan deal could become a permanent one.
In other news, Jon Walters – wanted by Crystal Palace – is not moving from Stoke City during this transfer window.
Bournemouth had a bid for Cardiff City's Irish striker Joe Mason rejected yesterday and Crystal Palace have been linked with Irish midfielder Will Buckley, who has played impressively for Brighton this season.
Meanwhile, in the League of Ireland, Derry City signed forward Mark Stewart yesterday.