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Sunday 25 February 2018

TRANSFER WATCH: Celtic step up their efforts to sign Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle in action for current club Wolves
Kevin Doyle in action for current club Wolves

CELTIC are gearing up to make a fresh move for Kevin Doyle. The SPL champions are likely to be shortly awash with cash and some of it is set to be earmarked for a bid to land Wolves marksman Doyle.

Celtic look set to bank around £12m by selling midfielder Victor Wanyama and could add another £5m to their kitty with Norwich City and Hull City battling it out to sign Gary Hooper.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has stayed on Doyle's trail since failing with an 11th hour bid to sign him in January.

While Doyle is not officially on the transfer list at Wolves, they are resigned to him leaving following their relegation to League One.

Wolves are set to put a £3m price tag on Doyle who still has two years left on his contract at Molineux.


Real Madrid have finally secured the services of highly rated Spain U-21 playmaker Isco for a fee of some €30m – their first signing since the arrival of new coach Carlo Ancelotti.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who was also a target for Manchester City, has joined from Malaga on a five-year contract. Isco had discussed the possibility of joining up with Manuel Pellegrini at City after the Chilean coach quit Malaga at the end of last season to move to Manchester.

Former Ireland youth international Chris McCann has revealed that he jumped at the chance to join-up with Owen Coyle again after signing a three-year contract at FA Cup winners Wigan.

McCann (25) had been chased by Hull City and Crystal Palace as well as Nottingham Forest and Leicester City after quitting Burnley. But the chance to work for Coyle again, having played for him at Burnley, made the decision about who to sign for an easy one.

Premier League newcomers Cardiff City have signed Copenhagen striker Andreas Cornelius for £8m. The 20-year-old, whose 18 goals in 32 games helped Copenhagen to the Danish title last season, is the rising star of the national team. "The offer was so big it would have been irresponsible to turn down," said Copenhagen sporting director Carsten V Jensen.

Swansea have completed the £2.5m signing of central defender Jordi Amat from Espanyol on a four-year contract, subject to a medical and international clearance, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson has become relegated QPR's first signing of the summer.

Irish Independent

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