Arsenal face fight to land 'intelligent' striker target

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Reported Arsenal target Kevin Doyle is happy where he is according to Wolves manager Mick McCarthy.

The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for the Gunners as a replacement for the outgoing Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has previously expressed an interest in Doyle, who has scored 14 goals in 60 appearances for Wolves since his £6.5million move from Reading in 2009.

"I believe he is an intelligent player – I like him personally," said Wenger.

But McCarthy issued a hands-off warning as he bids to keep all his best players at Molineux, saying rumours linking Doyle with a move to the Emirates Stadium simply have no substance.


"I can't tell you anything except what was in the papers and I'm not going to comment on some speculative story," he told the Express & Star. "What I can tell you is that Doyle loves it here.

"He enjoys coming here to work every morning, and we love him here and we enjoy him coming to work here every morning.

"That goes for everyone else as well and that will remain the same until anything different happens."

With Arsenal expected to announce the signing of Ivorian forward Gervinho today, the Gunners are set to continue strengthening their squad with a view to mounting a stronger title challenge in 2011/12.

Whether Doyle forms part of those plans remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure, it is that McCarthy and Wolves will not let him leave without a fight.

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