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Wolves make Tommy Doyle move permanent

Published: Updated: 10:58, 3 May 2024
The England U21 international has made 24 Premier League appearances on loan at Molineux this season

Tommy Doyle is set to complete a permanent transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Manchester City. The deal is reportedly worth £4.3m and will be finalized on 1 July.

Doyle initially moved to Molineux on loan last summer. Following his successful stint with the club this season, Wolves have now triggered the option to buy him permanently. He has agreed to a four-year deal with the Premier League side.

BBC Sport understands that the deal between Manchester City and Wolves includes a 50% sell-on clause for Man City. This means that if Wolves decide to sell Doyle in the future, half of the transfer fee would go back to Man City. Additionally, there is also a buy-back option included in this agreement which allows Man City to re-sign Doyle at a later stage if they wish.

Wolves sporting director, Matt Hobbs, said:

“We’ve never seen Tommy as a player on loan, and he hasn’t acted like one. He’s gradually earned more minutes and become more important, which I think is an ideal first year. What he offers to our midfield is something different to the others."

“If you look at the type of players we like to sign as a football club, they generally haven’t reached their ceiling yet and have loads more to come. Tommy is a fraction of the player he will become, with the more he gets used to the league and the greater his understanding gets."

Doyle has had an impressive career so far despite being only 22 years old, including being part of England's victorious team at the U21 Euros in 2023.

During his time at Molineux under Gary O'Neil's management, he has played 30 times across all competitions for his side, scoring once during January's FA Cup draw against Brentford.

Doyle started his football journey with Man City when he was just eight years old but only made seven first-team appearances during that period due to loan spells with Hamburg, Cardiff City and Sheffield United.

Despite this move away from the Etihad Stadium, where he spent most of his early career, it should be noted that he will not be eligible to face his parent club when Wolves travel to Manchester in the Premier League tomorrow.

This transfer marks a new chapter in Doyle's career, and it will be interesting to see how he continues to develop as a player at Wolves. His journey so far has been promising, and fans of both Manchester City and Wolves will undoubtedly keep an eye on his progress.

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