Saturday 10 December 2016

A Republic of Ireland international is going to leave his club for just €1.17

Published 09/07/2016 | 19:50

BLYTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle in action during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blyth Spartans and Birmingham City at Croft Park on January 3, 2015 in Blyth, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
BLYTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle in action during the FA Cup Third Round match between Blyth Spartans and Birmingham City at Croft Park on January 3, 2015 in Blyth, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A lot of coverage has focused on the gigantic £100m fee that Manchester United will reportedly pay for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

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That hefty sum would represent the first ever three-figure transfer fee, and would surely herald the era where that becomes the norm - especially with new TV deals making football clubs richer than ever.

Despite all the money flowing around in football today, we've just been given a reminder that not every move is accompanied by a massive price tag.

Irish goalkeeper Colin Doyle, who won a cap against Ecuador in 2007, is joining Bradford in League One for an almost microscopic amount of money.

Sky Sports are reporting that the Bantams have activated that £1 (€1.17) release fee Doyle's contract - which means his value is little more than a packet of chewing gum.

The Cork keeper played for Blackpool this season but the club were relegated from League One, and Doyle might now be in the running for the cheapest ever transfer fee that saw money actually change hands.

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