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Doyle Beats The Clock To Sign For Palace

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23:25 1st September 2014


The club have beaten the clock to complete the signing of Republic of Ireland international striker Kevin Doyle on loan until January.

With minutes to spare the 30-year-old has becomes the third signing of a busy afternoon in SE25 and has plenty of Premier League experience having represented both Reading and Wolves during his career. 

He will boost Neil Warnock's attacking options for the next four months and should challenge the likes of Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell for a starting spot at Palace.

Doyle began his career in his native Ireland with St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City before catching the eye of Reading manager Steve Coppell and signed for the Royals in June 2005. He played a starring role in helping the Berkshire club reach the Premier League in his debut season, following that up with an impressive 13 goals in his first top-flight campaign.

After four years, 164 appearances and 56 goals for Reading, he moved to Wolves in June 2009 for £6.5 million. He would spend the next four years at Molineux during a turbulent time for the club, which saw them spend two seasons in the Premier League before suffering successive relegations.

He spent the end of last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers whom he helped back into the top-fight after playing in their Play-Off Final victory against Derby County in May.

He has been a regular in the Republic of Ireland side since winning his first cap against Sweden in March 2006. To date he has 59 caps and has netted 13 goals, and played for his country in Euro 2012, winning his 50th international cap during the tournament in a game against Italy.