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Thursday 23 November 2017

Wolves haven't had a single bid for Doyle -- Jackett

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

WOLVES manager Kenny Jackett says there hasn't been a single bid for Kevin Doyle since the opening of the transfer window.

Jackett is keen to reduce his wage bill, with Doyle, Bakary Sako, Jamie O'Hara and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey four players he would like to move on.

Doyle has been linked with a loan move to Middlesbrough after dropping out of favour with Jackett, but the Wolves boss reported: "It's very quiet. We haven't had one bid or even an enquiry for Kevin - certainly nothing of any note."

The Irish international has 18 months remaining on his contract at Molineux and earns £40,000 a week. He has scored just three goals this season, with his last strike coming at the beginning of November.

Jackett is frustrated by the return from his collective offensive options and the former Swansea boss is seeking to address that point.

"We have certainly got a lot of big names at the club, there is no doubt about that. Have we got enough goals in us? Are the combinations right? That is maybe another question."

Meanwhile, one Irishman who is part of Jackett's long-term plans is Matt Doherty, who is nearing a comeback from a hamstring problem that has posed him difficulty since October.

The ex-Bohemians full-back reckons he has a chance of figuring in this weekend's game with Bristol City after coming through two reserve outings.

"I feel quite good so I'll speak to the manager and see what he says," said Doherty. "The physios will have the final say on whether I can be available for Saturday or whether I need another reserve game."

Doherty started the campaign as Jackett's first choice at right-back, with Kevin Foley completely out of the equation and also up for sale.

Elsewhere, Gary O'Neill, the Drogheda United striker who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last September, made a goalscoring comeback from the bench in their friendly with Glebe North last night.

O'Neill, who recently signed on for the Drogs in a player/coach capacity for 2014, is continuing his fight against the illness and has managed to defy predictions by taking part in pre-season preparations.

Irish Independent

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