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Claire Elliott’s Wolves tour diary from China – Day Three

Claire Elliott is a lifelong Wolves fanatic watching the team in China with her husband Greg. WolvesBite.com editor Tim Nash has known her for many years and once smuggled her into the press box at Millwall to give a fan’s eye view for the Express & Star. Here’s her thoughts on the historic trip. Day 3 So an early rise and we look out of our 12th floor hotel room to see it’s already busy on the roads outside. Our guide, Joe is picking us up at 6pm and we are skimming Tiananmen Square before heading to the Great Wall…

Wolves in talks to sign Cutrone from Milan

Wolves are in talks to sign £22m-rated Milan striker Patrick Cutrone. Milan are trying to free up funds to buy Atletico Madrid’s £48m-rated Angel Correa, and have made the 21-year-old Italy international available, with Wolves confident of landing their man. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants a centre back, a central midfielder and a striker, but it looks as if he is close to securing the latter. Cutrone netted nine goals in the first 16 games of last season before his scoring rate tailed off, with two in the rest of the campaign. But Wolves see a long-term future for…

Wolves to face Crusaders in Europa League tie

Wolves will meet Crusaders in their first game back in European competition in 39 years next week. The Northern Irish outfit beat B36 Torshavn from the Faroe Islands 3-2 in the Europa League first qualifying round, second leg on Thursday night to win 5-2 on aggregate to earn a crack at Premier League opposition. That means Crusaders will be at Molineux for the second qualifying round first leg on Thursday, July 25. The return will be at the 3,393-capacity Seaview ground – with its own 4G artificial pitch – in North Belfast on Thursday, August 1. Jordan Forsythe gave Crusaders…

Blues linked with move for Wolves’ Bright

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…

Plymouth confirm interest in Wolves cub Ennis

Plymouth Argyle have now confirmed their interest in signing Wolves striker Niall Ennis on loan. Pilgrims manager Ryan Lowe says the 20-year-old, who is currently one of only two strikers with Wolves in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China, is on a five-strong list of forwards he is pursuing. Lowe told Plymouth Live: “Niall Ennis is a fantastic footballer. He’s probably one of five on our list. We are still out there, we are still looking, we know what we need.” Lowe is not banking on Ennis coming to Home Park, however. “Look, he might go to China and…

Jota: Wolves’ main focus must be on Europa, not City

Diogo Jota insists Wolves’ main focus is to be ready for the start of their Europa League campaign when they play in the Premier League Asia Trophy final against Manchester City. Jota’s brace helped Wolves to a 4-0 win over Newcastle in the semi-final in Nanjing to clinch a place in Saturday’s final against the Premier League champions, who beat West Ham 4-1 in their semi. But Wolves only have a week before they face their first competitive game of the season when they host the winners of Northern Irish side Crusaders and Faroe Islanders B36 Torshavn in the second…

Premier League Asia Trophy: Newcastle 0 Wolves 4 – match report

Premier League Asia Trophy semi-final Newcastle 0 Wolves 4 Wolves made a mockery of their small squad and lack of summer signings by reaching the Premier League Asia Trophy final after cruising to a 4-0 win against Newcastle in Nanjing. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will meet Manchester City in the final on Saturday lunchtiime (1.30pm, UK time) after the Premier League champions beat West Ham 4-1 in the other semi-final. Diogo Jota (15 and 40), and Morgan Gibbs-White (32) – with his first goal for the club – put Wolves 3-0 up at half-time and Tom Allan’s own goal on…

Four Wolves favourites together for the first time in 37 years at show

For the first time in nearly four decades, four Wolves favourites from the 1970s and 80s will appear together tomorrow night (Thursday). Manager John Barnwell and players Kenny Hibbitt, Willie Carr and John Richards will appear live on stage at The Cleveland Arms, Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton in a show called ‘A Kick up the 80s’. They will be interviewed by 2003 play-off hero Matt Murray in what promises to be a special night – it’s believed to be the first time all four have been together since Barnwell left the club in January 1982. George Berry was originally due to…

Nuno: Asia Trophy will be real test for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo says the Premier League Asia Trophy will be a real test for Wolves in China. Wolves get the first pre-season game under way on Wednesday when they face Newcastle in the semi-final of the competition in Nanjing. They then play either Manchester City or West Ham in Shanghai on Saturday before flying home on Sunday, just four days before their first competitive game of the season, the Europa League second qualifying round against the winners of Crusaders and B36 Torshavn. Head coach Nuno believes the combination of facing a top-flight team in a different continent makes it…

Claire Elliott’s Wolves Tour Diary – Day One

Claire Elliott is a lifelong Wolves fanatic watching the team in China with her husband Greg. WolvesBite.com editor Tim Nash has known her for many years and once smuggled her into the press box at Millwall to give a fan’s eye view for the Express & Star. Here’s her early thoughts on the historic trip. (Sorry if it sounds a bit dated; my fault – Tim.) From the land of the rising sun we bring our version of out of darkness cometh light with a two week trip to China. I’ve never written a blog before – I mean, who…