McCarthy accepts Doyle is hot property

Paul Hyland

KEVIN Doyle is now the Republic of Ireland's hottest transfer ticket -- and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has accepted that the right offer will take him away from Molineux.

McCarthy is desperate to hang onto a player he believes can help Wolves march up the table next season.

"If a big enough club comes and asks, it's difficult for anybody. That's the way of the world," said McCarthy.

"Apparently, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard might go from Liverpool, so come on -- if they're potential targets then everyone is."

Doyle himself is making all the right noises and claims that he would be content to stay with Wolves for another season -- but he wouldn't say no if the right club made the right offer.

"It sounds good when you have someone like Trapattoni plugging you, but it would be big-headed saying I'd want to go, or 'I'd love to go to a top club'.

"I don't have an agent as such, so I'm in control of my own destiny. I think Wolves is right for me at the moment.

"I would love to challenge for titles every year and play in Europe but I'm realistic.

"I've realised in the last year that to get to that level, I must improve."