Wolves decide against move for Toon striker

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has decided against making a fresh move for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll during next month's transfer window.

McCarthy revealed he was interested in signing the England Under-21 international in the summer, but will not be stepping up his interest in Carroll.

"We were interested in Andy Carroll in the last window but Newcastle didn't want to sell then and I haven't enquired since," the former Republic of Ireland manager said.

"In any case, I would imagine with them being top of the Championship, they don't want to sell now either."

Wolves' record signing Kevin Doyle netted his fifth goal of the season during Sunday's 2-0 win over Burnley at Molineux and has impressed constantly since his £6.5million move from Reading.

McCarthy is also delighted to see Sylvan Ebanks-Blake starting to show the form which brought him more than 20 goals last season.

He said: "I think Sylvan's last three games have been different class. He has just had a child and probably sleepless nights and lifestyles change because of it.

"In the last three games Sylvan and Doyle have been brilliant together and a good partnership is blossoming."

McCarthy is also not set to pursue any interest in Birmingham's veteran midfielder Lee Carsley after reports he was poised to bid £1million for the 35-year-old. Carsley has lost his place at St Andrew's because of the form of Lee Bowyer and Barry Ferguson.

Blues boss Alex McLeish confirmed: "I've not heard anything about Lee and Wolves. No-one has been in touch with me."

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