New Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is to make a decision on whether Spurs follow up an initial summer interest in Reading striker Kevin Doyle in January, with the Republic of Ireland International having been watched by sacked sporting director Damien Comoli’s scouts recently against Doncaster Rovers.
Spurs had a transfer deadline day offer for 25-year-old Doyle rejected by the Royals, but with Redknapp now in complete control of all transfers at White Hart Lane it seems unlikely that the former Portsmouth boss will pursue a striker, who was identified by Comoli. With Comoli’s lack of guile in the transfer market blamed by some for the current plight of the North London club.
Instead recent reports have linked Tottenham with former player Jermain Defoe, who Redknapp signed for Pompey in January, along with Argentine International Fernando Cavenaghi at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
This would pave the way for Aston Villa to make an unopposed January swoop for Doyle, with Villans manager Martin O’Neill having already expressed an interest in bringing the Irishman to Villa Park.
Doyle has been at Reading since joining from Cork City in 2005 and has made 126 appearances scoring 46 goals during his time at the Madejski Stadium, with 6 goals in 20 caps for Ireland.