Friday 23 March 2018

Kevin Doyle on the brink of move to Colorado Rapids

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

Garry Doyle

Kevin Doyle's move from Wolves to the Colorado Rapids is nearing completion after the Irish international striker travelled to the United States on Monday for talks.

With Wolves more than happy to allow Doyle leave on a free transfer - four years after they rejected an £11 million bid from Liverpool for him - the only delay relates to the striker's personal terms.

Currently earning £40,000 a week at Molineux, his four-year-contract with the Championship club is due to end in June. The precise amount Colorado are prepared to pay is unclear, with unofficial estimates suggesting Doyle will pocket £10,000 a week over three years.

Given the shortage of options which presented themselves during the January transfer window, a three-year contract, plus the prospect of a fresh start, has its appeal for the 31-year-old. "There have been talks," confirmed the Wolves manager, Kenny Jackett. "I don't want to say too much at this stage while the issue is ongoing."

Meanwhile, Paul McShane has confirmed he wants to stay with Hull after his topsy-turvy season.

"I thought I had played my last game for the club," said the Irish international, who earned a recall to the starting XI last Saturday in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City. "I was prepared to leave in the January transfer window.

"But it felt wrong about leaving. Now that I am back playing, it feels great, especially as we have produced a couple of good results.

"It just shows you how quickly things can change in football. It really can be a mad game."

So mad that relegation-threatened Hull could draw with Manchester City on Saturday. "We did well in that game but we want to do that on a consistent basis now," said McShane. "Having Mike Phelan on board as coach has freshened things up for us."

Irish Independent

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