Italian giants Juventus look set to place a spectacular bid for Wolves front man Kevin Doyle. Rumours had been rife that Arsenal were to try and tempt the Irishman to the Emirates, but now it seems Juventus will steal a march with an £8m offer.
Former Juventus manager and current Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trappatoni is good friends with newly-appointed Juventus coach Antonio Conte, having signed the Juventus legend to the club in 1992.
A big fan of Doyle, Trappatoni has recommended the forward to his former club on several occasions. Juventus have had Doyle scouted numerous times during the past year and have called on Trappatoni’s first-hand experience to weigh up a bid.
Despite drawing wide acclaim for his performances for both Reading and Wolves, Doyle has a fairly poor scoring return. At the peak of his powers, Doyle averaged one goal every three games but has scored only 14 goals in 60 games for Wolves.
With only Alessandro Matri hitting double figures Juve last year, bolstering striking options is certainly a priority. Legendary figure Alessandro Del Piero is now aged 36 and will soon retire.
Fabio Quagliarella has recently signed a new five-year contract at the Stade Delle Alpi and would expect to partner Matri up front. So Doyle would have his work cut out to secure a starting place.
Though Juventus did not qualify for Europe this year, having finished only seventh, a move to one of the giants of club football is bound to entice the former Cork City forward.
It remains to be seen whether Juve will be able to stave off other competition in the race for Doyle’s signature.