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Arsenal move for Wolves' Kevin Doyle

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Arsenal have lodged an enquiry for Wolves' star asset Kevin Doyle - as the club refuse to give up on £2.5million Aruna Dindane.

Arsenal have lodged an enquiry for Wolves' star asset Kevin Doyle - as the club refuse to give up on £2.5million Aruna Dindane.

Long-term interest from the Gunners in the' £6.5million club record signing has been firmed up to the player's Irish-based advisors.

But, although prepared for a third successive summer of speculation surrounding their long-term friend, the player's aides remain confident the 26-year-old will stay at Molineux, unless the interest turns into a bid.

Villa, Everton and Tottenham have also had Doyle on their radars for a long time and will watch the situation with interest. But Doyle is happy at Molineux and is not actively seeking a move away.

Instead, the former Reading striker, who is back in Ireland about to start preparing for internationals against Paraguay and Algeria towards the end of the month, wants to see the club bring in some quality signings.

Bolton claim to have stolen a march on Wolves for one target, amid reports the Lancashire club have agreed a reduced fee of around £2.5million with Lens for Dindane.

The 29-year-old is thought to be due at the Reebok Stadium for talks today, after the clubs agreed a fee and boss Owen Coyle persuaded him the Trotters were a better bet than Panathanaikos.

The French club were forced to drop their £4million demands with neither Wolves, Blackburn or Bolton willing to pay that amount. But Wolves have not yet given up on the deal, despite having not yet agreed a fee.

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While Dindane is a confirmed target, Wolves continued to be linked with strikers.

But the club have denied any interest in Burnley's £7million-rated Steven Fletcher and Glasgow Rangers' Bosman free agent Kris Boyd.

However, they are aware Stoke's Dave Kitson - a former Reading team-mate of Doyle's - and Blackburn's Jason Roberts are available.

Elsewhere, Southampton have been mentioned as being interested in buying back midfielder Andrew Surman for £1.2million, and Wolves would be prepared to do business.

But the club have had to rubbish a story claiming goalkeeper Matt Murray may have to retire.

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