Why didn’t more clubs turn to goal-king Doyle?

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner was surprised more clubs didn’t show an interest in Irish striker Eoin Doyle.

Why didn’t more clubs turn to goal-king Doyle?

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Turner confirmed Doyle’s transfer to Cardiff for a “six-figure sum - rising to seven-figures”.

“I am surprised that there wasn’t as much interest as you’d think for a 25-goal striker. Everyone needs goals and Eoin will score goals. No danger. I was surprised at the lack of clubs coming in for him in all honesty.”

Turner confirmed that three clubs had made offers for the former Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers hot-shot and he was happy with the agreement reached with Cardiff.

“I believe it’s an excellent deal for Chesterfield. Eoin’s been here 15/16 months at the club and has been a tremendous success for us and the deal today is good for everybody.”

“I’ve always said we’re not a club that would stand in a player’s way or progression in the game, but we do have to see a return to the club itself.

“Some of those targets that have been put into the deal will be achieved, which obviously helps our finances. The difficulty is when you have a player that has scored 25 goals this season, you’re going to get interest. And we have had interest from four or five clubs. Some of the offers that were made were miles off of our valuation. And we turned them down. Cardiff made two offers that we rejected and then we reached an agreement."

Doyle played under Chesterfield manager Paul Cook at Sligo and scored freely since his arrival at the club.

“He’s contributed well since he’s signed from Hibernian,” said Turner. “Paul brought him on the knowledge that he’d played for Paul at Sligo. He’s got the best out of him and he’s done tremendously well for us”

Meanwhile Cardiff City have assured fans that Doyle isn’t a replacement for Kenywn Jones, one of the club’s highest earners, insisting Doyle is set to join Jones in the Cardiff attack rather than replace him.

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