Are Derby and Cardiff leading the chase for League One striker?

Championship sides Derby County and Cardiff City are thought to have contacted Chesterfield about their star striker Eoin Doyle.

Eoin Doyle has had a superb first half of the season, leading the League One scoring charts with 17 goals. His goals have propelled Chesterfield into seventh place, and given them a great chance of a play-off spot following their promotion from League Two last season.

Doyle has the remarkable achievement of scoring back-to-back hat-tricks this season against Scunthorpe and Preston North End. That sort of form does not go unnoticed and it is no wonder he has caught the attention of Championship sides. Sky Sports are reporting that Derby County and Cardiff City are the ones to make initial approaches for the 26-year-old.

Understandably The Spireites are reluctant to let Doyle leave, and it would take a sizeable offer to tempt them into letting him leave. However Derby County and Cardiff City will both be able to afford a deal for the former Hibernian striker.

Doyle shot to prominence in his native country of Ireland when playing for Sligo Rovers under current Chesterfield manager Paul Cook. After winning three trophies in Ireland, Doyle then moved to Hibernian where he scored eleven goals in 49 Scottish Premier League appearances. Safe to say he didn't exactly set the world alight.

A move to Chesterfield followed and in League Two he managed eleven goals last season. His form this season has come as a bit of a surprise, but as so happens in football that can lead to a big move which changes a players career. Charlie Austin, Danny Ings, Dwight Gayle have all made big leaps in their careers, and although Doyle is further on in his career at 26 a move to the Championship is only natural for someone in this sort of form in League One.

Derby and Cardiff will have plenty of other competition for Doyle's signature however and this transfer saga could drag on for a while longer yet. A footballer's career is transient and Doyle would jump at the chance to move to a higher level one would think.

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