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January 2020

Wolves to sign young Dutch central defender from PSV

Wolves are signing teenage PSV Eindhoven centre-back Nigel Lonwijk. The Dutch club have announced the 17-year-old, who has been linked with Wolves for more than two months, is coming to Molineux to join the development set-up. Reports say Wolves have agreed to pay around £190,000 (200,000 euros) compensation to land the youngster. PSV said: “Nigel Lonwijk has made the definitive switch to the English football club Wolverhampton with effect from the second half of the season.” Lonwijk, who is described as a strong, athletic right-footed central defender, has been been playing for PSV’s Under-19s and is a Holland Under-16 international.…

Wolves boss Nuno and United chief Ole agree on scrapping FA Cup replays

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would both scrap FA Cup replays given the choice. Their teams must play their third round tie again, at Old Trafford a week on Tuesday, after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Molineux. The game will be Wolves’ 38th of 2019-20, meaning they will have played the equivalent of a full league season by the middle of January. It will be the 34th match of the campaign for United, who are playing every midweek this month and now have eight games in January. Both teams have at least 19 more…

Wolves boss Nuno confirms Cutrone exit after striker returns to Italy

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed Patrick Cutrone is on his way out of Molineux. Cutrone returned to Italy on Saturday, missing the 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round, with a loan move to an un-named club understood to be in the pipeline prior to a permanent transfer in his homeland. Fiorentina have been heavily linked with the Italy Under-21 international and head coach Nuno revealed he spoke to the 22-year-old striker on Friday. Reports claim Fiorentina are proposing a £1.7m loan fee with a view to a £13.7m permanent deal, less than the…

Wolves should have toppled Manchester United again – Doherty

Matt Doherty feels Wolves had the better of Manchester United and should have beaten them again. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will have to go to Old Trafford for a third-round replay a week on Tuesday after the teams battled to a 0-0 draw at Molineux on Saturday. Wolves had the better of the tie, with Matt Doherty having an effort ruled out by the referee and VAR when his header hit his hand, after he forced a superb save from Sergio Romero in the first half, while Raul Jimenez hit the bar near the end. The closest United came was…

Solskjaer full of praise for Wolves star and refuses to Raul out move

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out a move for Wolves star Raul Jimenez, who he was full of praise for. The Mexico international, who has scored 17 goals for Wolves in all competitions this season, was linked with a move to United in the countdown to the FA Cup third round 0-0 draw between the teams at Molineux on Saturday night. Solskjaer said: “Another good player we have been linked with. He did really well today. I can’t comment on speculation.” Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito would do everything he could to keep the prolific…

Wolves and United have to do it all again in the Cup after flat draw

Wolves 0 Manchester United 0 Wolves ended their two-match losing run but were unable to reproduce last season’s FA Cup magic against Manchester United, meaning an unwanted third-round replay at Old Trafford. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were the more likely scorers as they were again left cursing VAR, after Matt Doherty had a second-half effort ruled out after he headed on to his hand, while Raul Jimenez hit the bar. But United hit the woodwork as well after sub Marcus Rashford’s shot deflected off the sliding Conor Coady. Wolves were their own worst enemies in the first half when they…

Cutrone set to leave Wolves after returning to Italy for loan deal

Patrick Cutrone looks set to leave Wolves after being left out of their squad for the FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United. It’s understood the 22-year-old has returned to Italy to join an un-named club on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal. Cutrone is not in the 18-man squad to play United and Benny Ashley-Seal has been given his first senior start. Cutrone has been heavily linked with a move back to Italy with Fiorentina. But up until the last 24 hours, Wolves have had no contact with the Serie…

Wolves boss Nuno admits he wishes he could give Cutrone more time

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he wishes he could give Patrick Cutrone more time to prove himself at Molineux. It’s understood the club are keen to keep faith with the Italy Under-21s striker after splashing out an initial £16m to AC Milan in the summer. The 22-year-old has played just 13 minutes’ Premier League football in two months as he has been forced to play second fiddle to Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore, Diogo Jota and now Pedro Neto. In total, the former AC Milan striker has scored three times in 24 appearances for Wolves, but has made just three…

Nuno: Wolves star Traore is ‘1,000%’ with right boss – but here’s how he can improve

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Adama Traore is ‘1,000 per cent’ with the right manager – but says he can improve after he was nominated as a contender for Premier League’s player of the month. Traore is one of eight contenders for the award after a tremendous December in which he terrorised Manchester City and Tottenham, scoring against both. “How can he improve? A lot of things,” said head coach Nuno. “We did 32 crosses to the box [in the 2-1 defeat against Watford]. There are two parts to that: who crosses, and who is in the box. “We…

Nuno admits to feeling ‘grief’ at semi-final loss as Wolves up for Cup again

Nuno Espirito Santo admits he felt a sense of ‘grief’ from Wolves’ last FA Cup game, like losing a loved one. The Cup semi-final defeat against Watford at Wembley when Wolves were beaten 3-2 after leading 2-0 at Wembley left the head coach heartbroken, as he revealed before Saturday’s third round tie at home to Manchester United. “It was a couple of days of grief. It was very sad,” said Nuno, 45. “You need to make grief. When you lose someone the best way is to grieve. Not only me, I think everybody involved felt that sadness.” Wolves took time…