Doyle linked with Boro loan switch

Kevin Doyle could be on his way out of Wolves before the 11pm transfer window deadline tonight, with Middlesbrough the favourites to land the Wexford man.

Previous transfer windows have seen Doyle linked with Celtic and Aston Villa but Teeside now appears the likely destination for a man who has become largely surplus to requirements at Molineux. Boro boss Aitor Karanka is a big fan of the striker and negotiations were said to be progressing yesterday on a loan move which would convert, in the summer, into a permanent two-year deal.

Earlier this week, it emerged that Wolves had turned down a bid by Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy to get Doyle on loan, a move which would have seen the former Ireland boss reunited with the player he had originally brought to the Black Country club.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has in the past repeatedly stated that he wanted to keep the Irish international at Molineux but yesterday he pointedly declined to identify any player who might be on the move when asked about the out of favour 30-year-old. “There are discussions, but it would be wrong to name the club or individual before the end of the window,” said Jackett.

Meanwhile, former Stoke boss Tony Pulis has reportedly been thwarted in a bid to bring Jon Walters from the Britannia to Crystal Palace, Paul Green looks set to join Ipswich on a loan deal from Leeds United, and Middlesbrough are working to secure the services, at least until the end of the season, of on-loan Shay Given before the window shuts tonight.

Speaking yesterday about his departure from Manchester City for Aston Villa, Given said: “It was made clear I wouldn’t be back in the team. I didn’t even play in the Cup games. It was clear [Roberto] Mancini wanted me out of the club, for whatever reason, so I knew it was time to try and get a new club and move on. I have no hard feeling towards Joe [Hart], we worked hard together for a few seasons and we worked well together.”

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