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Purchase option, a major sell-on clause, first words: Tommy Doyle joins Wolves on loan from Manchester City



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Tommy Doyle has finalised an agreement that will see the midfielder join Wolves on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

While the agreement between the two clubs is initially a temporary deal, there is every possibility that Manchester City fans may have already seen Doyle play his final game for the club at any age level.

Following on from an impressive campaign on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship last season, Doyle has now made the natural step up into the Premier League by joining Gary O’Neil and his midfield options at Molineux.

The England youth international star follows the route paved by Matheus Nunes after the Portugal international joined Manchester City from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a deal understood to be worth in the region of €62 million.

As Tommy Doyle anticipates his first regular taste of Premier League football by joining Wolves this summer, here is everything you need to know about the deal confirmed by both clubs on Deadline Day!

What are the initial terms of Tommy Doyle to Wolves?

Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed Tommy Doyle on an initial season-long loan.

Do Wolves have a buy-option for Tommy Doyle?

Molineux officials have negotiated a £5 million option to buy from Manchester City for Tommy Doyle, which can be activated upon the conclusion of his initial 12-month loan agreement.

Are there any other clauses I need to be aware of?

Should Wolves activate their option to buy on Tommy Doyle at the end of the 2023/24 season, then City will attain a 50% sell-on. This means the Premier League champions will be eligible to half of any profit the Molineux club make on the midfielder should he be sold on in future.

Who else was interested in signing Tommy Doyle this summer?

Aside from Wolves, Sheffield United were the club most strongly linked with a summer move for Tommy Doyle following the history between both parties last season.

However, ultimately the Blades opted to pursue an agreement for James McAtee and Manchester City entertained negotiations with Wolves for Doyle as part of the talks over a deal for Matheus Nunes.

Other clubs linked with an interest in Tommy Doyle this summer include Celtic, while Bournemouth had also been linked with a level of interest in previous transfer windows.

What have Wolves said about their new recruit?

Wolves sporting director, Matt Hobbs told the club’s official website, “I’ve talked before about players coming here with the hunger to kick on again, and Tommy is another one of those.

“He’ll give us something different – he’s a good age profile, a good character profile, but most importantly a good footballer. He ticks a lot of boxes for us. He went to Championship and forced his way into the team, and showed he was beyond that.

“The next challenge is to prove he can do it every week in the Premier League and we’re here to help him, Gary is here to develop him as a Premier League midfielder like he was, so I think we’re a perfect place for Tommy to show what he’s capable of.”

What have Manchester City said in their own statement?

A closing line at the foot of Manchester City’s official confirmation of the deal on Friday read, “Everyone at the Club wishes Tommy the best of luck during his time with Wolves.”