KEVIN DOYLE is on the verge of escaping the English Third Division with the prospect of a move to Championship side Middlesbrough.
Doyle has been plugging away in League One with Wolves this season but has struggled at times, the Wexford man scoring just three goals in 24 games for the promotion-chasing side and has started just one of their last five games. Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is eager to keep reducing the wage bill at Molineux, having already sent out Doyle's international team-mate Stephen Ward on loan to Wolves and made Kevin Foley available for transfer.
And Middlesbrough have reportedly made an inquiry about bringing in Doyle, initially on loan, in a deal that would see Doyle link up with his former Republic of Ireland team-mate Shay Given, currently at Boro on loan from Aston Villa.
Threatened with relegation earlier this season, Boro have improved their form in recent weeks under Aitor Karanka with just two points dropped from the last five games and are now just six points off the playoff zone.
And just as the arrival of Given helped Boro tighten up their defence, a signing like Doyle could push Boro into contention for promotion.