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Swindon woe as top scorer Doyle recalled by Bradford


Eoin Doyle

Eoin Doyle

Eoin Doyle

Dubliner Eoin Doyle, the top scorer in English football this season, has been brought back to Bradford from Swindon Town against his wishes.

Doyle has scored 23 goals in a stunning loan spell with Swindon, a major source of embarrassment to League Two promotion rivals Bradford.

They had the option to recall Doyle in January and they have exercised it even though the player is happy with the Robins and would like to see the season out there. However, Bradford boss Gary Bowyer has said that Doyle is in his plans for their weekend trip to Crawley.

He was involved in the opening three games of Bradford's season before linking up with his old boss Richie Wellens at Swindon.

It's understood that the 31-year-old - who is out of contract at the end of the season - is hopeful that there might still be developments on his future during the remainder of the January transfer window.

Elsewhere, Darren Randolph's move to West Ham from Middlesbrough has been delayed due to the thigh injury that has troubled him in recent months.

It's anticipated the £4m (€4.7m) move will go through but Randolph will have to go through more medical checks before it is completed.

Inglorious West Ham's promising Irish U-21 midfielder Conor Coventry is set to go on loan to Lincoln for the remainder of the season where he will link up with his international colleague and recent recruit from Waterford Zach Elbouzedi.

Former Irish U-21 midfielder Liam Kelly has returned to England after an inglorious stint with Feyenoord.

The ex-Reading player made the big move to link up with his old boss Jaap Stam but the writing was on the wall when the former Manchester United defender was sacked. Kelly has made the loan move to League One side Oxford.

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At home, St Patrick's Athletic boss Stephen O'Donnell has looked outside the league to strengthen his options.

The Saints have signed Scottish winger Billy King, who lists Hearts and Dundee United amongst his former clubs and was capped by his homeland at U-21 level.

O'Donnell has also brought in ex-Newcastle and Middlesbrough midfielder Dan Ward, while James Doona has signed a new contract.

Sligo Rovers attacker Romeo Parkes has joined American side New Mexico United on loan.

Parkes needed to return Stateside for personal reasons and there remains hope at the Showgrounds that he will be back on Irish shores for the 2021 campaign.

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