Wolves, Crystal Palace battle Prem newcomers for defender ruthlessly cast aside by Tottenham

Matt Doherty and Ben Davies

Matt Doherty is going to have to find a new club just six months after Tottenham Hotspur severed their ties with him, a report has revealed.

Tottenham released Doherty at the end of the January transfer window after initially planning to loan him out to Atletico Madrid. The problem was that they already had too many players out on loan, so his contract was instead terminated to tee up a free transfer.

However, things haven’t gone to plan for Doherty after his surprise Spanish switch, which at the time he described as a “no-brainer”.

So far, he has only made one appearance in La Liga, which lasted for 12 minutes. That was in a win over Sevilla in March, which Atletico were 5-1 up in at the time he came on (before they added another goal to cap it off).

Now, 90min has revealed that Doherty could be due to return to the Premier League. His former club Wolves are intrigued by the idea of luring him back to Molineux.

Doherty previously made 302 appearances for Wolves in a spell that lasted from 2010 and 2020 (with a couple of loan spells in between). Helping the club rise from League One to the Championship and then the Premier League, the right-back earned a positive reputation.

His move to Spurs was not as fruitful as it could have been. But he still has believers in the Premier League.

Another suitor for Doherty could be Crystal Palace. They have been tipped to take Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Man Utd this summer, for example, so seem to be intent on strengthening at right-back.

Championship leaders look into Matt Doherty deal

In addition to Wolves and Palace, the current top two teams in the Championship are mentioned as candidates to sign Doherty in the report.

Burnley have already secured promotion to the Premier League, while Sheffield United are aiming to join them. Either club could pursue a free transfer for the Irishman ahead of next season.

Doherty’s contract with Atletico Madrid was only ever due to last six months. Obviously, he hasn’t done enough to convince the club to extend it further.

After spending most of his career before in England, Doherty looks likely to be back on these shores for the 2023-24 season. The 31-year-old may well have a point to prove after not being deemed to be good enough for either Spurs or Atleti.

There is definitely a player in there somewhere, as Doherty demonstrated in his previous spell at Wolves. Next season, he might get the chance to show it again, but he will need to hope his fortunes can improve.

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