Doyle completes Cardiff move as Spireites bring in four on dramatic deadline day at the Proact Stadium

Eoin Doyle scoring for Chesterfield
Eoin Doyle scoring for Chesterfield

Eoin Doyle completed his move from Chesterfield to Cardiff City just minutes before the January transfer window closed late last night.

The Spireites accepted a seven figure fee for the 26-year-old Monday afternoon with the player travelling down to Wales in a race against the clock to get the deal done.

Doyle, the country’s leading goalscorer with 25 to his name so far this season, joined Cardiff in a deal that will keep him at the Championship club until the summer of 2018.

Former Sligo Rovers and Hibernian man, Doyle, will train with his new team-mates today (Tuesday) and will hope to make his debut away at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

“When I heard about Cardiff’s interest this morning, I couldn’t ignore it,” said Doyle. “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.”

Doyle departure paved the way for new additions at the Proact Stadium and Chesterfield wasted no time in making four deadline day deals within the space of a few hours.

Young Sheffield Wednesday striker Mani Dieseruvwe was signed on a permanent basis after a spell on loan, penning an 18-month contract.

Wednesday have also loaned 22-year-old Caolan Lavery to the Spireites on an emergency loan until March 7, with the possibility of extending the agreement.

Experienced Birmingham City winger Mark Duffy, signed on loan for a month, provides manager Paul Cook with a further attacking option while Wolves teenager Ashley Carter adds extra central defensive cover after being secured on an initial 28-day youth loan.

Cook is delighted to have been given the backing to strengthen his squad, which was made possible due to the sale of Doyle to Cardiff City after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed seven-figure deal.

“I’d like to thank chairman Dave Allen, chief executive Chris Turner and the board for allowing me to bring four players in,” said Cook. “We identified areas of the squad we needed to strengthen and we feel the players who have come in are of the right calibre.”

Relive all the action as it unfolded yesterday here