Three years on from a fruitless effort to recruit Kevin Doyle for Tottenham, Harry Redknapp yesterday succeeded at the second attempt by bringing the Ireland striker to Queen’s Park Rangers on loan.
The 30-year-old’s switch from Wolves until the end of the season was the major move for an Irishman on transfer deadline day, as Wes Hoolahan’s desire to leave Norwich City didn’t translate into a deal despite reported late interest by West Brom.
Doyle completed his medical in time to be eligible for today’s televised fixture against Burnley in the Championship, a stage the Wexfordman recently admitted was the least he needed to be operating at to revive his international career under new boss Martin O’Neill.
“It was all agreed pretty quickly,” said the forward, “I jumped at the chance to come here to be honest.
“The club’s in a great position for a tilt at promotion and I can’t wait to be part of it. It was a massive draw to know I’ll be part of a promotion push.”
Another Irish attacker eager to maximise a change of scene is Andy Keogh, now a Blackpool player following a temporary move from fellow Championship side Millwall.
New Lions boss Ian Holloway had snapped up one Dubliner, MK Dons playmaker Shaun Williams on Tuesday but another, Keogh, was shipped out on loan. “I had gone a bit stale at Millwall and I was being played out of position,” Keogh said.
This afternoon’s League One fixture at Ashton Gate could mark the first outing of a promising career for Manchester United starlet Sam Byrne following his loan switch to Carlisle United.
The 18-year-old becomes the second Irish teen to be taken under the wing of compatriot Graham Kavanagh after Aston Villa winger Mikey Drennan joined the Cumbrians last week.
“As an Irish lad, the fact that he [Kavanagh] will be my manager does make it feel a little bit special,” he said.
“I think he’s from close to where I’m from as well so it will make it easier to settle in.”
Elsewhere, former Ireland striker David Connolly has left Portsmouth on loan for fellow League Two outfit Oxford United.
Any prospect of Glenn Whelan being allowed depart Stoke City for Norwich City was scuppered when Mark Hughes’ bid to replace the Irishman with Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole hit the buffers.
Forgotten man Leon Best was also in the frame to join Crystal Palace from Blackburn Rovers as the clock ticked down to 11pm.
Man United forward Will Keane, an England U21 international who qualifies for Ireland through his Irish father, has completed loan move to QPR.
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