Birmingham City have emerged as contenders for Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare.
The 21-year-old’s future appears uncertain after he was left behind from Wolves’ trip to China, despite 11 Academy scholars or graduates making the 26-man squad, most of whom are younger and less experienced than him. Wolves have lost two other forwards this summer in Helder Costa to Leeds and Ivan Cavaleiro to Fulham, but Enobakhare still wasn’t called up to travel when Cavaleiro pulled out of the trip at the 11th hour.
Prior to that, Enobakhare featured in a first-team behind-closed-doors friendly against Huddersfield at St Georges Park, where he had spent a week training with Wolves’ senior squad.
Blues are currently rebuilding under caretaker head coach Pep Clotet following the exit of Garry Monk earlier in the summer and want to boost their attacking options after losing top scorer Che Adams to Southampton.
League One Coventry City, who will groundshare with Blues this coming season, want Enobakhare and have offered Wolves £600,000 for the player, an offer which is believed to still be on the table. Wolves took up the 12-month option to extend Enobakhare’s contract a few weeks ago and he is now tied to Molineux to 2020.
Enobakhare enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Sky Blues in the second half of last season, scoring six times in 18 games as they forced their way to the brink of the play-offs. He became a firm fans’ favourite, earning a place in the EFL’s team of the week after a stunning 5-4 victory at Sunderland.
But Blues can offer the carrot of Championship football on a bigger stage and he might see Birmingham as a more attractive option.
Enobakhare however has stated publicly that he loves the Sky Blues, saying that it feels like home. Coventry supporters have been encouraged by the player’s social media posts teasing them with messages about seeing them again next season. Robins has signed nine senior players so far this summer and Enobakhare is seen by many as a key acquisition for his new-look side.
Enobakhare has not made any secret of the fact he enjoyed his time at Coventry. “It was a great time for me there and the manager was nice, so I enjoyed everything there. It all went well for me,” he said. Back in March, Enobakhare revealed he was having the best footballing time of his life at the Ricoh Arena. “I’m having my best moment,” he said. “I have a lot of good people around me and they’ve been very supportive. Everything has been going well. I just want to be around the right people to be able to play good and improve my game every week.”