Molineux star will not move to the Emirates this summer.
Arsenal will not open the chequebook to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle to replace stars Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas.
The Daily Mirror reports Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will test his Wolves counterpart, Mick McCarthy, resolve with a £12million bid for the 27-year-old.
But they must have been smoking something when they came up with this story.
The move is supposed to be part of Wenger’s new plan to rebuild his team with a British spine.
Wenger, apparently, thought of first signing Doyle while commentating for French TV during Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off with France in November 2009.
The Arsenal manager was impressed with his lung-busting work rate but McCarthy has valued Doyle at £50million and is adamant he wants to keep his hit-man.
Interestingly, Doyle, despite having two-years left on his current deal is about to open negotiations with Wolves over a new contract.
Bolton defender Gary Cahill and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker are also supposed to be on their way to north London to add to Wenger’s new philosophy.
Our sources at Arsenal say Cahill’s move could be signed as early as this week with the only aspect yet to be decided as to whether Jay Emmanuel-Thomas or Ignasi Miquel will go the other way on-loan.
Tentative enquiries have been made about Parker, but Wenger has balked over paying the Hammers’ £15million price tag for a player who turns 31 in October.