Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle is set to join Championship side Cardiff City on a three-and-a-half-year contract in a deal worth over a million pounds.
Chief Executive Chris Turner has described the agreement to sell the 26-year-old striker as ‘an excellent deal for Chesterfield Football Club’.
The Irish striker will move to South Wales in a deal confirmed by Turner as a six-figure fee that will rise to seven-figures based on incentives.
Turner told BBC Radio Sheffield: ‘I believe it’s an excellent deal for Chesterfield Football Club. The deal is good for everybody.
‘It is a seven figure fee that rises on incentive bonuses from Cardiff to ourselves. I think some of those targets that have been put in to the deal will be achieved.’
Doyle leaves the Proact Stadium as the highest scorer in English football, with 25 goals in 33 appearances this season.
Turner confirmed that Cardiff were the only club to meet Chesterfield’s valuation of Doyle, after a string of clubs reportedly including Sheffield United made an approach for the player.
‘We have had interest [in Doyle] from four or five clubs,’ affirmed Turner. ‘Three clubs made offers for him.
‘Cardiff City came in today for him, made us a couple of offers which we rejected, but we came to an agreement just before midday.
Despite the former Hibernian forward’s remarkable record in front of goal this season, Turner admitted that interest in the striker had not been as rife as may be expected.
‘I was surprised, there wasn’t as much interest much interest as you would think for a 26-year-old with 25 goals so far this season.’
Turner added that any excessive attempt to maintain the services of Doyle in the midst of interest from clubs from higher leagues may have been counter-productive.
He said: ‘It is difficult to motivate a player after clubs have been in for them because their minds are elsewhere.
‘We’d be living in an unrealistic world if we felt we could have kept on to a player when these clubs are trying to sign him, Championship football is a great opportunity for Eoin.’
Turner was effusive in his praise for the striker’s contribution in an 18 month stay at the club which reaped 38 goals in 84 appearances, including Chesterfield’s solitary goal in last season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final defeat at the hands of Peterborough at Wembley.
‘Eoin’s been at the club for 16 months and has been a tremendous success for us.’ He said. ‘We’re not a club to stand in the way of a player’s progression but we needed to see something in return and get a good deal all round.
‘It’s good for everybody, a great opportunity for Eoin. He’s contributed well since we signed him from Hibernian.
‘Paul brought him in on the knowledge of working with him at Sligo, he’s got the best out of him and he has done tremendously well for us.’
The profits on Doyle, who cost Chesterfield nothing when Paul Cook brought in his former Sligo Rovers striker from Hibernian on a free transfer in 2013, will be split between clearing debt, funding the day-to-day running of the club and financing Cook’s strengthening of his squad.
Cook and Turner were quick to do exactly that and by Monday evening it was confirmed that four additions to the squad had been made.
Caolan Lavery, a promising 22-year-old forward was brought in on loan from Sheffield Wednesday in a deal that expires on 7th March while forward Mani Dieseruvwe had his loan deal made permanent on an 18-month contract.
The announcement was quickly followed by the month-long loan signing of 29-year-old Birmingham City midfielder Mark Duffy and 19-year-old Wolves defender Ashley Carter.
On arrival in South Wales, Doyle told Cardiff City’s in house website: ‘When I heard about Cardiff’s interest this morning, I couldn’t ignore it.
‘It was then a case of getting in the car and getting down here as quickly as I could. I’m really looking forward to getting going now and the challenge ahead.
‘Now it’s about getting into the team – we’ve a lot of good strikers at the Club already. Then it’ll be a case of contributing as much as I can and scoring a few goals to help us up the League.’