Royals - Lots of Doyle interest
Reading's Nicky Hammond says 'nothing is imminent' regarding the sale of Wolves target Kevin Doyle.
Last Updated: 25/06/09 4:55pm
Reading director of football Nicky Hammond says 'nothing is imminent' regarding the sale of Wolves target Kevin Doyle.
The Republic of Ireland striker is expected to leave the Madejski Stadium over the summer following Reading's failure to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
Wolves are reported to have met Doyle's £6.5million release clause, with the club's owner Steve Morgan confirming the top-flight new boys would be interested if the 25-year-old became available.
However, Aston Villa, Bolton, Everton, Fulham and Sunderland are also rumoured to be keen on Doyle, with Hammond suggesting it could be a few weeks before the situation is resolved.
"A lot of people have contacted me with reference to Kevin, but nothing is imminent," Hammond told the Evening Post. "There is a lot of interest in the boy.
"I have always maintained we'll say something when it's happened, but at this stage there is just a lot of speculation and that will get stronger in the next few weeks."
Premier League player
New Reading boss Brendan Rodgers will not block the former Cork City forward from securing a move to the Premier League and intends to discuss the situation.
"I plan to talk to Kevin when I get back," said Rodgers. "I was aware before I was appointed manager that Kevin and one or two others were likely to move on.
"I certainly won't stand in his way. He is a Premier League player who wants to play in the Premier League.
"I would love him to stay, but in this case it may be difficult as it looks like his destiny is the Premier League. He is a good age, but the club will get a good return on what they paid out for him."