Wolves are poised for their first cash sale of the summer after Aston Villa triggered the option to sign centre back Kortney Hause.
Villa signed the 23-year-old in January on loan with a view to a permanent deal, and they are prepared to meet the £3m price tag.
The deal represents good business for Wolves, after then boss Kenny Jackett signed the former England Under-21 international from Wycombe in January 2014 for £175,000 after he had made just 31 appearances for the Chairboys.
The former England Under-21 international will become one of Wolves’ most expensive defender sales, matching the fee Stoke paid for Danny Batth last August, but lower than Joleon Lescott, who Everton paid £5m for in 2006 plus a £2m sell-on.
Hause made 12 appearances for Dean Smith’s side, including a substitute outing in the play-off final win over Derby, and was responsible for turning them from one of the leakiest defences in the Championship to one of the strongest. Villa won seven of the games Hause played for Villa after they lost the first three he figured in.
Reports, including www.wolvesbite.com, suggested several days ago that a verbal agreement had been made for the transfer of Hause and the deal is now set to go through.
Hause went on to make 80 appearances in all competitions for Wolves, spending the first half of the Premier League season at the club and on the bench, but not making a top flight appearance. He had just two outings in gold and black this term, both in the Carabao Cup, against Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester.
There always seemed to be little way back for Hause after the arrival of head coach Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux in May 2017. Ryan Bennett was snapped up from Norwich and soon made the right-sided centre back berth his own, Conor Coady is the established sweeper and Willy Boly immovable as the rock-like centre half on the left, Hause’s preferred position.
Hause, who also figured at left back for Villa, ended the season playing second fiddle to Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe, who formed a successful centre-back pairing. But they have now returned to their parent clubs Bournemouth and Manchester United respectively. Villa fans, however, want Mings to join Hause in signing permanently.
Hause will join Jota as Villa’s second summer signing after Birmingham City winger Jota penned a two-year deal for a £4m fee. Smith inherited the Spaniard at Griffin Park when he took the job in November 2015.