Wolves Rumours: 4th August

Everton interested in signing Wolves captain Conor Coady

Frank Lampard wants to sign Wolves captain Conor Coady according to Alan Myers.

It’s not yet clear whether Wolves are willing to let Coady go or for what price.

Coady, who’s been at the club for seven years has been the beating heart of Wolves’ revival but with Bruno Lage moving to a back four and the signing of Nathan Collins, Coady’s minutes may be limited.

The Express and Star have also confirmed that Wolves would be willing to let Coady leave permanently or on loan but they’ve not had an official offer yet.

The move to Everton would mean Coady is closer to his family who still live on Merseyside and would see him team back up with Kevin Thelwell.


Wolves in advanced talks for Chelsea forward

Wolves are reportedly in advanced talks for Michy Batshuayi on a season-long loan from Chelsea according to Sky Sports News  and TalkSPORT.

Chelsea are desperate to get Batshuayi off the books this season and is not part of Tuchel’s plans.

The 28-year-old most recently spent time out on loan at Besiktas where he scored 14 goals.

Chelsea are said to be happy to pay some of his wages.


Wolves reject second bid from Nottingham Forest for Gibbs White

Nottingham Forest have now had at least two offers rejected by Wolves for Morgan Gibbs-White according to the Athletic.

The latest offer came after Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis intervened to hold discussions with senior counterparts at Molineux.

Wolves expect Forest to submit a third bid for Gibbs White said to be in the region of £30m.

Wolves’ stance is that he is still not for sale and it would take a bid north of £30m to change that.

Barcelona willing to let Gonzalez leave on loan

Barcelona are now reportedly open to loaning out midfielder according to Sport.

Nico Gonzalez and Wolves are the team who have shown the most interest.

Other reports suggest that Barcelona aren’t willing to let him go until the January window.

The powerful 20-year-old could provide Wolves with midfield reinforcements that they desperately need.


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Wolves Rumours: 1st August

Wolves enquire about 22 goal a season striker

Wolves have reportedly enquired about Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz according to Football League World.

The Stoke-born Chilean international scored 22 goals in the Championship last season and has attracted interest from a whole host of clubs.

It’s believed that Wolves could get Brereton Diaz for a cut-price move as the 23-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season.

The Blackburn striker could not only provide cover for Raul Jimenez’s injury but also provide valuable competition for the number 9 slot at Wolves.


Wolves looking to bolster attack with another South Korean

Wolves have reportedly offered €3 million for Bordeaux forward Hwang Ui-Jo according to L’equipe.

The French club found the offer insufficient and negotiations are continuing.

The South Korean international scored 11 goals in 29 starts last season – despite Bordeaux being relegated to Ligue 2.

Ui-Jo, who’s an international teammate or Hwang Hee Chan, has averaged just over a goal every three games since he joined Bordeaux from Gamba Osaka.

He has previously been deployed as a winger during his earlier years at Bordeaux but his preferred role is at centre forward. 

Despite being 6-feet-1, Hwang is no slouch and does have a good turn of pace once he gets going – which goes hand in hand with his direct style of play.


Wolves linked with Roma forward

Wolves reportedly hold an interest in Roma striker Eldor Shomurodov according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

It’s likely that the move would be initially a loan move with an option to buy.

Torino are also said to be interested and Bologna have said to agreed a loan with an option to buy for €9m.

Captain of the Uzbekistan national side, 6-foot-3 Shomurodov signed for Roma from Genoa in 2021 for a reported £16m but the player has struggled for minutes due to the impressive form of Tammy Abraham.


Ajorque a target for Wolves

Wolves are amongst a number of clubs who have watched Strasbourg forward Ludovic Ajorque according to Sky Sports News.

Everton, Leicester, West Ham, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Newcastle are also said to be monitoring the 6-foot-6 forward.

The 28-year-old scored 12 goals and got 8 assists last season.


Ait-Nouri being watched by Manchester City

Rayan Ait-Nouri is a player that Manchester City have reportedly scouted in their search for a new left back according to Goal.

The 21-year-old had impressed during last season and his performances have continued during pre-season.

Manchester City look to have failed in their pursuit of Brighton left back Marc Cucurella so could turn to Ait-Nouri.

Angers hold a 50 percent sell-on clause on Ait-Nouri’s next transfer but it’s understood Wolves have the option to buy the French outfit out of the clause.

With Chelsea showing an interest in Ait-Nouri too, Wolves may want to act swiftly in buying Angers out of the clause so they can maximise any revenue from the future sale of the left back.

You can keep up to date with all the Wolves transfer rumours as they happen over on the Talking Wolves Twitter.



The Adama Traoré Conundrum

On the Field


Before going out on loan last season, Traoré was struggling to become a team sheet regular because of his play on the pitch. Traoré is an elite dribbler, who oftentimes is one of the strongest and fastest players on the pitch. The rare blend of abilities results in plays that leave Premier League defenders doing anything they can to take him to the ground. The caveat is, the same jaw-dropping plays lead to some of the most frustrating moments of Traoré’s time at Wolves.

For all the clips of Traoré leaving three defenders behind him, his goal and assist totals are very low. According to Fbref, he is in the 97th percentile for attackers in progressive carries and 75th in shot-creating actions, yet he is only in the 8th percentile for non-penalty goals, averaging 0.05 per 90 minutes. The lack of goals scored could be overlooked if he boasted high assist totals but he only has four assists in his last 64 appearances in all competitions for the club.

In previous seasons, Traoré was dangerous when using his speed down the flanks to create crossing opportunities but his play style has seemingly changed. In the first half of last season, Traoré only attempted 28 crosses in total (on pace for his lowest in his time at Wolves) and had his highest shots per 90 number of his Wolves career (per FBref). This coincides with the head injury to striker Raul Jiminez, which led to Traoré cutting inside more often to create chances for himself.  

On the other hand, Wolves looked like a completely different team after his departure. The already struggling attack missed Traoré’s ability to create opportunities out of seemingly nothing. Without him in the side, Wolves won only five of their last 17 matches. 


Contract and Injury Situation


On top of the questions about the play of Traoré, his contract expires at the end of the upcoming season. This leaves Wolves with a decision to either sell Traoré for less than a player of his ability is worth or let him play one more season before he leaves the club on a free transfer. Either result is a far cry from what seemed destined for Traoré two seasons ago after producing nine assists in the league.

After contract negotiations stalled due to rumours of Traoré wanting to be among the highest paid players at the club, the player staying at Molineux past this season looks unlikely. His loan move in January was a surprise move that had all signs pointing towards the La Masia graduate returning to Barcelona permanently but after a strong start, he struggled for game time. It seems very unlikely a new contract will be signed this season unless Wolves change their stance on wanting to up his wages to convince him to stay.

Lastly, fresh injury concerns complicate things even further as the club sorts Traoré’s future. While the injury may not be severe, it can either limit the amount a team is willing to pay for him at the present moment, given not being available to get integrated with a new side or it could lead to Wolves wasting the final season as he sits out with injuries – however this is unlikely. 


So what next for Adama Traore?

It would be best for the club to move on from Traoré if unable to sign him to a new deal. While he is an exciting player that has brought many great moments, his lack of end product makes it hard to justify turning down offers for one more season. The Chiquinho injury last week makes the need for wingers in the squad more necessary but I would rather see the club take the rumoured £10 million offers and invest the money in another young winger. 

If he does end up leaving this transfer window, we have gotten to watch one of the most unique players in the world for the past four seasons and I wish him nothing but the best for the memories he has given us.



Wolves Rumours: 13th July

Wolves are ready to accept offers of around £10 million for winger Adama Traore

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According to Football Insider, the club are willing to sell the Spanish winger who currently has 12 months left on his contract with Everton in pole position.

Adama spent the second half of the season on loan at Spanish giants Barcelona, however, the Catalan side did not trigger his option to buy.

Everton’s director of football Kevin Thelwell is said to be an admirer on the winger, who helped Wolves sign him in a record breaking move from Middlesbrough back in 2018.

Despite Everton’s desire to land a move for the 26 year old, the article mentioned Traore was holding out for an elite level club to make an offer.

Traore is currently back at Wolves for the time being and flew out with the rest of the players out to Spain, for Wolves’ preseason tour.

Everton ‘confident’ of landing Morgan Gibbs-White

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Everton are confident Wolves will accept their new offer, after their original £22.5 million bid was rejected according to Football Insider.

Everton manager Frank Lampard has a keen eye on the young man, who racked up an impressive 13 goals and ten assists in a superb loan spell at Sheffield United last season.

The Toffees are eager to make a significant move following the departure of Richarlison to Spurs for £60 million.

Gibbs-White has attracted attention from other Premier League clubs, such as Southampton, Crystal Palace and newly promoted Nottingham Forest.

The young midfielder still has two years left at his contract at Wolves and is part of the club’s preseason squad in Spain.


Wolves ‘interested’ in Edin Dzeko

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According to Tutto Mercato, Wolves are reportedly among the clubs interested in Edin Dzeko.

Leicester, Everton and a host of Italian clubs are all said to be interested in the Inter forward.

The 36-year-old scored 13 league goals in Serie A last year.


Wolves youngster Nigel Lonwijk could complete potential move to Championship side.

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According to our sources it is said that Nigel Lonwijk will complete a loan move to Rotherham United.

The 19-year-old who signed for the club in 2020 will be Wolves third player on loan in the Championship, alongside Ryan Giles and Dion Sanderson.

The young Dutch defender is still yet to make an appearance for the Wolves first team, however, hopefully he can get some valuable playing time under Paul Warne’s Millers.

You can keep up to date with all the Wolves transfer rumours as they happen over on the Talking Wolves Twitter.

Talking Wolves Podcast

Talking Wolves Transfer Podcast: Episode 1

A new series this summer as Dave and Matt sit down to discuss a handful of Wolves transfer rumours from the last week.

Let us know your thoughts on the players discussed in the comments.

This week, Dave and Matt discuss Dario Osorio, Paul Onuachu, Goncalo Ramos, Morgan Gibbs-White, Mario Vuskovic, Wissam Ben Yedder.

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