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January 2020

Mendes key to Podence deal as Wolves edge closer to agreeing fee

Wolves anticipate reaching agreement soon on the signing of Olympiakos winger Daniel Podence. It’s understood Wolves initially offered around £15.3m (18m euros) for the 24-year-old forward, with the Greek Superleague club believed to be holding out for £21.5m (25m euros). But with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes having such a close relationship with Wolves and time on their side to complete the deal, it’s understood a deal will be struck somewhere between the two figures. Podence would become Olympiakos’s record sale, and Wolves’ second most expensive signing in their history after £33m Raul Jimenez, eclipsing the £18m they paid for…

Wolves closing in on £21.5m Podence, £6m Oliveira and Campana

Wolves are understood to be close to signing Olympiakos winger Daniel Podence and AEK Athens striker Nelson Oliveira. The club are in talks with Olympiakos for 24-year-old Podence, who will cost in the region of £21.5m, while former Norwich forward Oliveira, 28, will cost around £6m. Wolves have not reached agreement with the Greek Superleague leaders over Podence, but they hope to do so in the coming days as they look to add quality strength in depth to Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad before the transfer window shuts. Podence, who scored against Tottenham in the Champions League in September, is a…

Raul: My pride at Wolves’ Premier League scoring record

Raul Jimenez has revealed his pride at becoming Wolves’ leading Premier League scorer. The Mexico international’s double in Saturday’s 3-2 comeback win at Southampton made it 23 League goals in 61 games, overtaking Steven Fletcher’s marker of 22 from 2010-12, ironically from the same number of matches. “It’s very special. It’s an amazing feeling,” said Jimenez, who has struck 19 in all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season, while he is into double figures in the Premier League, just three goals off his total for the whole of last season. “I want to say thank you to all…

Wolves set to unveil young striker signing from South America

Wolves are set to announce the signing of young Ecuador striker Leonardo Campana. The 19-year-old, who has four full caps and plays for Ecuador outfit Barcelona SC, has travelled to England to sign and looks like being unveiled by the club on Monday. Campana is set to join Wolves’ Under-23s squad initially, but won’t be available immediately as he is involved in playing in the pre-Olympic Championship in the coming weeks. Left-footed Campana caught the eye at the South American Under-20 Championship where he netted six goals in nine games to be named as top scorer as Ecuador were crowned…

Nuno praises ‘amazing’ Wolves for comeback win – and reveals half-time team talk

Nuno Espirito Santo has praised comeback kings Wolves for their ‘amazing’ turnaround to win 3-2 at Southampton. Wolves came from 2-0 down to end their five-match in all competitions in dramatic style at St. Mary’s to move up to sixth in the Premier League. Pedro Neto started the comeback after Jan Bednarek and Shane Long had puts the Saints two goals up, before Raul Jimenez’s brace completed the fightback to make it 19 goals this season for the Mexican. “It was amazing the second half. We realised the first half was not good and we reacted very well,” said head…

Comeback kings Wolves have claimed 17 points from losing positions this season

Southampton 2 (Bednarek 15, Long 35) Wolves 3 (Neto 53, Jimenez pen 65, 76) Comeback kings Wolves finally enjoyed some good fortune from VAR as they came from two goals down to claim a dramatic 3-2 victory at Southampton to end their five-match winless run. Saints were much the better team as they went into the break 2-0 ahead after goals by Jan Bednarek and Shane Long. But Nuno Espirito Santo’s side produced a stunning fightback after the interval as Pedro Neto halved the deficit, then VAR for once shone on them as a penalty claim made by Jonny was…

Wolves kid Giles might Kop Liverpool before Shrewsbury

Wolves kid Ryan Giles might Kop a load of Liverpool earlier than his Shrewsbury mates. Nuno Espirito Santo’s recall of the 19-year-old left wing back from the League One club has paved the way for a possible Premier League debut against the runaway leaders on Thursday, January 23. Giles is needed after Ruben Vinagre underwent a scan on his hamstring on Friday after pulling up late on in Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Manchester United. In recalling the youngster, Nuno has denied Giles a dream crack at the European and world champions, who are visitors to the Montgomery Waters…

Nuno: Pedro will put big-time despair for Wolves behind him to Net-o again

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Pedro Neto will beat his big-time blues. It is many young footballers’ dream to score at Anfield and Old Trafford, and the 19-year-old forward thought he had done so, only to have ‘goals’ ruled out against Liverpool and Manchester United recently following VAR reviews. On both occasions the Portuguese attacker’s strikes would have put Wolves ahead but the £16m summer signing from Lazio wasn’t to blame. In the 1-0 defeat at Anfield, Neto was denied a dream strike because team-mate Jonny was ruled offside in the build-up, then handball was given against Raul Jimenez…

Wolves boss Nuno welcomes decision to ask rulers to scrap handball rule

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has welcomed the League Managers’ Association’s decision to challenge football’s rule makers to scrap the controversial handball law for next season. The LMA has written to the International Football Associations Board to ask for the non-intentional handball law to be altered for next season, following consultations with Premier League managers. The new rule on handball was introduced with VAR this season, but has left managers, players and supporters exasperated. The IFAB board hold their AGM on February 29 when it’s understood the matter will be high on the agenda. No changes to rules are…

Wolves cub Connor Ronan heads out on loan again

Wolves youngster Connor Ronan has joined League One side Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. The Ireland Under-21 international recently returned from a 12-month loan at DAC Dunajska Streda in Slovakia, where he made 33 appearances across two half-seasons. Ronan, 21, a Wolves Academy graduate, has played 14 times for the club’s first-team since his debut in December 2016 against Nottingham Forest. The switch to the Seasiders is the midfielder’s third loan move to League One, following spells at Portsmouth and Walsall last season. Ronan could make his debut for Simon Grayson’s side when they visit Lincoln…