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Wolves signings will be for long term – Thelwell

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell has hinted new signings this summer will be for the long term and the focus is on quality not quantity.

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is understood to want a central defender, a striker and a midfielder this summer. Wolves have confirmed interest in Albion forward Salomon Rondon, while they are aware of Mexico international defender Edson Almarez and have been linked with Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, among others.

Wholesale changes are not on the agenda, it’s small tweaks to allow us to keep the squad nice and fresh moving forwards,” explained Thelwell to www.wolves.co.uk

We need to be judged when the transfer window closes because it is all about securing the right player that’s going to be able to help us going forward for a long period.

We’re not expecting a huge amount of movement in or out. I think we’ve got a very strong and solid group of players, and we want to build on the momentum and cohesion we’ve already got, and Nuno’s been very focused on that.”

Wolves face the prospect of another six games in the Europa League before the group stages, and the extra fixtures means they will be playing in Europe on a Thursday and in the Premier League on a Sunday for some of next season.

But Thelwell stressed again that Nuno will be sticking with a small squad, supplementing the squad with the Under-23s for the Europa League ties.

Nuno’s preference in particular is to work with a similar size group to what he’s worked with before,” said Thelwell. “He prefers a smaller senior group, so everybody has the opportunity to play, and supplement that with some very good young players. We see it being no different.

Of course, we’ll still have some opportunity in the window after we’ve played some competitive games, so there’s always a chance to review and evaluate that strategy as we get closer to the end of the window, and we’ll do that on a day-to-day basis.”

Thelwell admits he wishes Wolves had been able to do their business earlier. But he acknowledges it’s often a case of ‘who blinks first?’ in the Premier League.

For whatever reason, everybody makes statements about going early (to sign players), but they never do,” he said. “We’d all want it to be done much earlier, but it never works out that way.

You need some movement for things to open up and create opportunities for you to sign players.

All I can say is we’re trying to get the players in as quickly as we possibly can, but without panicking, we need to be patient at this stage and recognise it’s about securing the right players, rather than just securing players.”

Thelwell says the process of due diligence to sign players has been ongoing for many months now.

We’ve been doing preparation work for a long period now,” he said. “Of course, sometimes you’re governed by what the market looks like. That sometimes goes a bit slower than everybody would want.

We’re working very hard and we’re confident we’ll secure the right players to help us this season.”