Eoin Doyle is closing in on a deal with relegated Bolton Wanderers, snubbing an offer from Swindon Town, as reported by the Bolton News.
Doyle bagged 25 goals last season and helped Swindon become League Two champions. he had been offered fresh terms by manager Richie Wellens, but he’s confirmed that it is unlikely to be enough to tempt the Irishman back to the County Ground.
“The money Bolton are throwing around for a player of his age, and a three-year deal at that, we couldn’t get to that,” he told BBC Radio Wiltshire.
“I believe Doyley’s had a medical at Bolton, In fact, I’m surprised they’ve not released it yet. We’re moving up a level and it looks like a parting of the ways. And we wish him well. He’s been fantastic for this club. He’s done great for us, just as we’ve done great for him. He suited the way we played.
“But, when you get to Eoin’s age and a three-year deal is put in your lap, it’s very hard to turn down. The last time he played in League One, he got relegated.”
Doyle began his career in Ireland, appearing for Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers before moving to Scottish side Hibernian in 2011. After 14 goals in 57 outings, he joined Chesterfield, hitting 38 goals in just 84 outings. That led to stints with Chesterfield, Cardiff City, Preston North End, Oldham and Portsmouth. He then scored 11 times for Bradford as they got relegated from League One in 2018-19, but joined Swindon on loan last season to help them to the title.
Bolton supporters have been reacting on Twitter to the news, bringing in discussions around a possible wage cap that seems to also be a key point in this deal.
Tbf doyle is only as good as the team he plays for. And swindon were that good last year anyone in his position would had similar numbers. He proved that when he went back to bradford
— Alan Middleton (@alanm8412) July 9, 2020
Look what happened when Bolton though money around before…. #bwfc
— David Bottomley (@bottslock32) July 9, 2020
called new owners who know what they are doing
— Stephenberry (@Stephen03600805) July 9, 2020
Can we please try to remember that #bwfc have hardly any players so they need to bring some in? Whilst under an embargo with a salary cap? It's hardly throwing money around
— Scott Allen (@Back0fTheNet) July 9, 2020
And? We have a budget and are spending within our means, our means are just bigger
— James BWFC (@jodlool) July 9, 2020
— Alex Wright (@AlexWright352) July 9, 2020
“Fans” need to chill the fuck out.
Doyle will never replicate the season he had with us and definitely not in League One.
Isgrove is a player we did better without.
Yates and DJ are destined for bigger clubs.
In Wellens we trust to build another good squad #STFC
— Jack (@LockeddownRobin) July 8, 2020
Richie Wellens when asked about Doyle’s deal and how #bwfc meet the salary cap:
RW: How are they furloughing the players and not paying their bills, and then paying compensation for a manager?
Q: So is that a letter to the EFL?
RW: I’ve no idea.
— Trotters Blog (@TrottersBlog) July 8, 2020