It has emerged in the Football Transfer Tavern that Celtic wanted to take Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle on loan in a last ditch transfer bid according to BBC Sport.
The offer, to recruit the player until the end of the season, was rejected by the Black Country side who also turned down deals for Stephen Ward and Roger Johnson on deadline day.
Doyle was an unused sub for Wolves during their 2-1 defeat at Leicester City on Thursday evening so a move would have been logistically very difficult but it appears that Celtic were still interested.
“I found out just before kick-off we had received an offer from Celtic to take Kevin Doyle on loan,” said Wolves manager Dean Saunders.
“But the club rejected that offer. It was rejected three or four hours before kick-off because three or four hours doesn’t give me much time to get a replacement.
It is likely that they were lining up Doyle as a possible replacement for the in demand striker Gary Hooper. However despite Norwich making four different bids, the English born striker has remained with the SPL club as he looks forward to their Champions League clash against Juventus later this month.
The former Reading striker Doyle, who is a Republic of Ireland international, has been at Wolves since 2009. He had scored 26 times for the Molineux club in over 130 appearances.