Kevin Doyle’s proposed move to the Colorado Rapids doesn’t look like it will happen until potentially the summer, with Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett telling the Birmingham Mail that the striker could have a role to fill during the Championship run-in.
The Republic of Ireland international has been frozen out of the first-team picture at Molineux in recent seasons and could still be allowed to leave now as a free agent ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.
Talks have been stalling in recent weeks, however, while the former Reading man has also become a regular fixture on the bench after impressing in training, making four second-half cameos – his first appearances for the club in 13 months.
“He’s been limited to sub appearances since he’s come back,” Jackett admitted. “But I wouldn’t hesitate, looking at him in training, to play him if I think it’s right.
“He’s popular with the crowd so I’m very pleased he’s here and if that continues I’ll keep putting him in the 18.”
With the emergency loan window also closing on Thursday, Jackett remains wary of leaving himself short of attacking options, adding: "Certainly coming in, we can’t take anybody in by then [after Thursday].
“Does that affect our thinking, our stance and position? Yes it does.”
The Rapids, meanwhile, have been making moves to prepare for Doyle’s potential arrival, selling star forward Deshorn Brown to Norwegian club Valerenga in order to free up a spot up top.
In addition, LA Galaxy captain and ex-Wolves ace Robbie Keane, who won the league’s MVP award in 2014, has also been urging the MLS side’s head coach Pabo Mastroeni to sign his former international strike-partner, telling MLSSoccer.com last month: "I got a call from the Rapids manager, Pablo [Mastroeni].
“I used to play with him at Galaxy, so he asked me about Kevin. I highly recommended Kevin to him.
“He would certainly do well over there. If he goes over there, it will be great for him. It will be great for the league, great for him, and I told Pablo that you could not wish to have a better person.
“He’s a great guy off the pitch, works hard, works his socks off on the pitch, and is a handful. Kevin scores goals, so he would be perfect for them. If he goes to MLS I will be delighted to have him over there.”