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Wolves man MGW looking to make big impression with U21s despite setback

Morgan Gibbs-White had to be content with a watching brief as England Under-21s got off to a losing start in the European Championships. The 19-year-old midfielder was an unused substitute as Adey Boothroyd’s side were beaten 2-1 by France in their opening Group C game after a 95th-minute own goal by Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Manchester City’s Phil Foden put the Three Lions ahead in the 54th minute only for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudury to be sent off on 63. France equalised in the 89th minute through Nanitano Ikone. Nevertheless, Gibbs-White believes the season he has just had…

Wolves youngster aiming high after signing new deal

Wolves youngster Dion Sanderson is aiming to go from ball boy to first-teamer next season after signing a new two-year contract. The 19-year-old homegrown defender has signed a contract extension which includes a 12-month option to remain at Molineux until 2021. Sanderson, who can play centre back or right wing back, is in his first season as a professional. He enjoyed an impressive breakthrough year in Rob Edwards’ Under-23 side, playing a key role as they won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title. “My aim for next season is to break into the first-team; that’s my main focus,” said…

Nuno: Wolves need to start with the levels they finished with

Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to start next season like they finished last campaign in terms of level of performance. The Portuguese head coach was delighted with the club’s seventh-placed finish and getting into the Europa League. Some five weeks ago Wolves lost their final Premier League game 2-0 at title-chasing Liverpool, but Nuno is looking at the bigger picture and believes his team’s performances offer plenty of encouragement for an exciting future. “I’m proud of the group – the commitment and belief of the players until the last minute is what we want to create and build,” said the…

Hause reveals his delight at switch to Villa from Wolves

Kortney Hause has revealed his delight after making his £3m move from Wolves to Villa permanent. The clubs confirmed the switch today after Villa triggered the permanent option in their agreement following a successful loan spell last season. They made their move amid interest from rival clubs. The 23-year-old played 12 games, including a substitute’s appearance in the winning Championship play-off final, to help Villa back to promotion. After confirmation of the transfer, Hause tweeted: “Delighted to be joining the club on a permanent. What we achieved last season was good but we need to push on again. Focused and…

Wolves striker Raul wants world stardom and Gold Cup success

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has targeted Gold Cup success and wants to show he has arrived on the world stage. Jimenez, soon to become the club record £32m signing, scored twice as Mexico got their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 7-0 rout of Cuba in front of 65,000 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles at the weekend. On familiar territory, LA Galaxy midfielder Uriel Antuna took the plaudits after scoring a hat-trick, but Jimenez earned widespread praise for his contribution, netting in the 31st and 64th minutes. Jimenez is making the most of…

Wolves’ squad might have to increase with Europe – Doc

Matt Doherty believes Wolves might have to increase the size of their squad to cope with the added number of games next season. Wolves have just 16 senior outfield players yet face up to six additional matches in the group stages of the Europa League, and will start their season on July 25 in Europe – 16 days before the beginning of the Premier League campaign, August 10. They are also prepared to offload two players who drifted to the fringes during the second half of last season – Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa – but would replace them. Wolves…

Former Wolves star joins Boro – two decades after he could have signed

Former Wolves striker Robbie Keane has joined Middlesbrough as assistant head coach – two decades after he almost joined them as a player. The 38-year-old has gone to the Championship club as number two to new head coach Jonathan Woodgate, who has agreed a three-year contract. The pair were team-mates at Leeds and Tottenham and Woodgate succeeds Tony Pulis. Keane will combine his role at Boro with a similar job with the Republic of Ireland, where he assists manager and former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy. He had to gain the permission of McCarthy and the FAI before agreeing to take…

Wolves cub Enobakhare could still be sent to Coventry

Coventry City remain in the hunt for Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare – but they face rivalry for his signature from the Championship. Wolves have decided to exercise the 12-month option they have on the 21-year-old’s contract to protect their asset, amid talk that he could attract a fee of £600,000. Enobakhare showed in his loan spell with the Sky Blues last season that he looks ready to deliver on his exciting potential, scoring six goals in 18 games in League One after an unproductive spell north of the border with Kilmarnock. Despite the interest, and Wolves’ willingness to hang on…

Wolves cult hero makes his next move

Wolves cult hero George Elokobi has made his next move by signing for Maidstone United – and in typical fashion, he promises they will have never seen anything like him before! The powerhouse 33-year-old has signed a one-year deal for The Stones and moves out of the top five tiers of English football for the first time since he was at Dulwich Hamlet from 2002-04. Elokobi will be looking to guide Maidstone to promotion after they were relegated from the National League in bottom place last season. And the typically irrepressible Elokobi gave Stones fans a taste of what is…

Wolves ‘inquire’ about Burnley defender Tarkowski – claim

Wolves have inquired about Burnley defender James Tarkowski as Nuno Espirito Santo looks to strengthen his defence. The Times claim the 26-year-old England international is the subject of Wolves’ and other interest too, with Leicester targeting him and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk in case Harry Maguire moves to Manchester United or Manchester City this summer. Burnley are in no hurry to sell and Tarkowski still has three years left to run on his contract. But the attraction of Europa League football is bound to be of interest to the Mancunian former Brentford centre back, who has been capped twice and was…