According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Salford City are interested in signing Bradford City striker Eoin Doyle.
The Irishman scored 11 goals for the Bantams last season, which wasn’t enough to keep them in League One. Since then, Gary Bowyer has rebuilt his attacking options with the signings of Clayton Donaldson and a James Vaughan, two players that will undoubtedly bring success at that level. These signings have moved Doyle down the pecking order, and he may seek a move elsewhere to guarantee himself first-team football.
Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what Doyle could offer Salford if he was to sign.
The striker has scored a lot of goals in the EFL over the years, for Bradford, Chesterfield, Oldham and Preston. A move to an ambitious Salford side, will excite him no doubt, however, will Bradford sell him to promotion rivals?
If the move goes through, The Ammies would be signing a striker that should almost guarantee goals in League Two. Doyle has 46 goals in 100 appearances in League One, that’s a pretty good record for a player that’s had a lot of loan spells, and hasn’t played for clubs fighting at the top of their leagues.
Salford City boss Graham Alexander will also be looking to find that right balance between quality and experience. Doyle offers both. Although he’s 31, and his best years may be behind him, he’ll still be a constant threat and score goals in League Two. There’s a lot of pressure from outside for Salford to deliver promotion next season, and although I think it’ll be tough, they are signing the right type of players required to succeed in that league.
Players want to play for Salford City. They are on the rise, winning promotions, backed by rich owners, have a good fan base and on a ride that everyone is following. It’ll certainly be an interesting first season in the EFL for the club.