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2019

Wolves’ Euro experience will be vital to chances of success – Hibbitt

Kenny Hibbitt has backed Wolves to succeed in Europe because of their experience. Wolves have 10 players who have played in the Champions League or Europa League as the prepare to compete in continental competition for the first time in more than 39 years. Midfielder Joao Moutinho has won the Europa League in 2011 with Porto and was a finalist in the competition with Sporting in 2005. Hibbitt, 68, was a key player when Wolves reached their only European final, the UEFA Cup in 1972, and is one of only three who have played in all four UEFA Cup campaigns…

Gibbs-White needs to stay at Wolves – Eves

Wolves must resist the temptation to send Morgan Gibbs-White out on loan next season. That’s the view of former Molineux striker Mel Eves, who has watched the 19-year-old recently-capped England Under-21 international blossom into one of the most talented youngsters in the country last season. Still a teenager, Gibbs-White is already a World Cup winner, having won the Under-17s tournament with England in 2017, while he has 56 appearances under his belt for Wolves, including 26 in the Premier League. There is a queue of clubs ready to snap up the Wolves Academy graduate on loan for the coming season.…

Enobakhare targets Bright future at Wolves

Bright Enobakhare has targeted a Wolves first-team place after training with the senior squad in pre-season. A host of clubs would like to take the 21-year-old after his successful loan spell with Coventry in League One in the second half of last season. The Sky Blues are reportedly prepared to spend £600,000 on buying him. But the youngster has his sights on making the grade at Molineux at the moment. He has spent all the time in pre-season with the senior squad, will be travelling to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy and has been told he could be…

Jota: Wolves can reach the Europa group stages

Diogo Jota has backed Wolves to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League. Wolves will face either Northern Irish outfit Crusaders or Faroe Islanders B36 Torshavn in the second qualifying round of the competition on July 25 and August 1. Should they get through, Nuno Santo Espirito’s squad face another six games to reach the group stages. Crusaders and Torshavn meet next Thursday and the following Thursday for the right to meet Wolves. Nuno’s squad contains 10 players with experience of European competition – Jota himself has played in the Champions League with Porto, while Joao Moutinho lifted…

Wolves soon back in action as Saiss finally set for summer

Wolves’ squad returned from their pre-season training camp at St George’s Park on Friday – following a behind-closed-doors friendly against Huddersfield Town. The majority of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team at the FA’s base played some of the 90 minutes, including captain Conor Coady, midfielder Joao Moutinho and forward Diogo Jota. The game against the recently-relegated Terriers concluded a productive week for Wolves, who will now return to Wolverhampton to continue preparations for the Asia Trophy in China. Wolves have spent the last five days at the luxury England training base after reporting back to Compton more than a week ago…

Seventh heaven again Wolves – Thelwell outlines PL challenge

Sporting director Kevin Thelwell insists Wolves have been challenged to repeat last season’s Premier League finish – despite the added congestion of the Europa League. Wolves surpassed expectations last term by claiming seventh and qualifying for Europe for the first time in 39 years on their return to the top flight. They were the highest finishing promoted club for 18 years, since Ipswich were fifth in 2000-01. Wolves’ Chinese owners Fosun are ambitious however, and want a similar performance again in 2019-20. “We can’t wait. The last two years have been incredible in terms of the seasons we’ve had, so…

Wolves looking elsewhere as Ajax bid for Alvarez

Wolves are assessing other targets with Edson Alvarez the subject of a £12.5m bid from Ajax. It had been claimed that the 21-year-old Mexico international was moving to Molineux after the CANCACAF Gold Cup. But although the club are well aware of him, they have so far not made an offer. The versatile Alvarez is with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez with the Mexico squad in the United States preparing for the CANCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday against the hosts and holders USA, who claimed their place after beating Jamaica 3-1 earlier on Thursday. But at the moment it looks…

Raul is dreaming of Gold Cup glory after reaching final

Wolves’ record signing Raul Jimenez is dreaming of Gold Cup glory after putting Mexico into the final – and he’s the hero after scoring the only goal in their semi-final against Haiti. The 28-year-old striker netted a 93rd-minute penalty in extra-time after the tie had ended 0-0 in normal time. Jimenez won the spot kick after Herve Bazile brought him down just inside the box and the forward coolly sent goalkeeper Jhony Placide the wrong way. Haiti had a final chance to equalise in the 119th minute, but Mikeal Gabriel Cantave’s shot hit the bar and rebounded to Mexico keeper…

Costa set to earn Wolves £15m pay day after Leeds move

Helder Costa’s eventual permanent move to Leeds is set to net Wolves a club record £15m. The 25-year-old has joined the Elland Road club for an initial one-year loan which will turn into a permanent deal in 12 months’ time. Costa has signed a four-year contract. Wolves will receive a loan fee of £2m for the coming season, then it is understood around a further £13m next summer for the Portugal international. That will make the former Monaco forward the most expensive player to leave Molineux, overtaking Steven Fletcher’s £14m move to Sunderland in August 2012. Costa made 120 appearances…

Wolves snap up Lee-thal hotshot Harkin

Wolves have made a third noteable Academy signing after snapping up Northern Irish hotshot Lee Harkin. The 16-year old striker has signed a three-year contract and will join the club’s Under-18s. A trialist at Manchester United and Celtic, he has been on Wolves’ radar for two years. Harkin, who has joined from County Londonderry, follows PSG defender Raphael Nya, 19, and 18-year-old former Charlton, Yeovil and Luton midfielder Hong Wan in signing for Wolves’ Academy this summer from other clubs. “They’ve been bringing me over loads and I’ve played a couple of matches,” said Harkin. “I played against Bolton a…