Nuno Espirito Santo hopes Wolves ‘make a bunch of good signings’ in the transfer market.
With 24 days before the transfer window shuts, so far the only incoming business Wolves have done is to make the loans of Raul Jimenez (£32m) and Leander Dendoncker (£12m) permanent. Nuno wants to add a centre back, central midfielder and a striker, and they have been linked with a host of names, but the only confirmed interest has been in Albion striker Salomon Rondon.
Wolves have allowed Helder Costa (Leeds, loan), Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham loan) and Kortney Hause (Villa, £3m) to leave and Nuno is hoping for some quality additions soon.
“Sometimes things are not possible but I am hopeful we are going to bring in players,” the Wolves head coach told a press conference in Shanghai, where the squad is preparing for their first Asia Trophy game against Newcastle on Wednesday. “I hope we make not only one (signing) but a bunch of very good business. We have only sold players until now (sic). We have lots to consider. I hope we make a bunch of very good ones (signings).
“We are getting close to the window closing, so it is hard, especially for us who are trying to add quality not quantity. The market is out of normal, prices are going up and up but we need to be strong and bring in the players we have identified.
“We have to improve. I feel we can improve, but we have to add players to compete.
“We are working with 11 first-team players in terms of who finished in the team last season. We need to bring in more, but we are only to bring in players who add quality to the squad. That is why it requires time.
“It is obvious we need to bring in (players) but there are a lot of things in consideration. We are only going to bring in players that add quality to the squad.”
Nuno deliberately kept a small squad last season to keep everyone involved and close to the action, and says that policy will continue.
“We are a very small first-team group of players, we are trying to progress,” he added. “This is a different season. We want a small squad where everybody is involved, and we want to do the same next season. We want quality players, not quantity.
“We have a way of working, based on a small squad, that allows everybody to be involved and we’re not going to change, we’ll keep the same numbers, it’s about quality. Last season we had a lot of players who played than 80 per cent of games. Hopefully we can continue, with quality.”
Almost half of the squad that has travelled to China have come from, or are still in the Academy, as Nuno allows opportunities for youngsters from the Under-23s and Under-18s groups.
“We are a very small group of first-team players and we decided on a daily basis we work with young players, Under-23s and a lot of Under-18s,” said the Portuguese. “We are opening a window of opportunity for these boys and it’s inside of our idea to try to build young players that can hopefully, in the future, be in the squad of Wolves. At this point they are progressing well but I already told the boys, everybody starts after us, we start 15 days before everybody else, so we have to do it well and quickly.”