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Raul on target again as Mexico reach Gold Cup semi-final

Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez scored as Mexico beat Costa Rica 5-4 on penalties in Houston, Texas to reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals. The 28-year-old, who is due to be confirmed as the club’s £32m record signing today, put Mexico ahead in the 44th minute with a shot on the turn from inside the box for his fifth goal of the tournament. Bryan Ruiz equalised for Costa Rica in the 52nd minute with a penalty after he was fouled by Luis Rodríguez and the game ended 1-1. That meant the tie went to penalties, where Jiménez, who played as the…

Wolves striker Rafa Mir is a Euro champion

Wolves striker Rafa Mir is a European champion. The 22-year-old forward, who spent last season on loan at Las Palmas, was part of the Spain squad who beat Germany 2-1 in the final of the Under-21s European Championships at Stadio Friuili in Udine, Italy. Mir was an unused substitute for Spain, who took the lead through Fabian Ruiz Pena’s seventh-minute strike then doubled their advantage through Dani Olmo on 69. Germany scored through Nadiem Amiri on 88 minutes. Mir tweeted: “EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS !!! Proud to be part of this team !! We believed when it seemed impossible and we have…

Wolves forward Costa set to join Leeds on season-long loan

Wolves are set to confirm the departure of Helder Costa to Leeds on a season-long loan. The 25-year-old forward travelled to West Yorkshire today to complete the move to Elland Road and is expected to be unveiled by the Championship club tomorrow. Costa said his farewells to his Wolves team-mates at their Compton training ground on Friday, and he bolsters Leeds’s squad with winger Jack Clarke set to sign for Tottenham for £8.5m. Costa will be reunited with a familiar face at Leeds – left back Barry Douglas, who he played with at Wolves in the 2017-18 Championship title winning…

Tempers fray at Wolves All Stars game which raises £7,400 for charity

A football team who played younger players against Wolves All Stars have been branded ‘cheats’ after a charity game briefly got heated. Hundreds of people watched Wolves All Stars play Pattingham Old Boys at Pattingham Village Bowl on Sunday. The game ended in a 2-0 win for the All Stars, but only after a few heavy tackles flew in which were not in keeping with the spirit of a charity match. Wolves All Stars player-manager Mel Eves accused Pattingham of fielding younger players and remonstrated with their management at one stage during the first half. Opposition teams have to sign…

Wolves signings will be for long term – Thelwell

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell has hinted new signings this summer will be for the long term and the focus is on quality not quantity. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is understood to want a central defender, a striker and a midfielder this summer. Wolves have confirmed interest in Albion forward Salomon Rondon, while they are aware of Mexico international defender Edson Almarez and have been linked with Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips, among others. “Wholesale changes are not on the agenda, it’s small tweaks to allow us to keep the squad nice and fresh moving forwards,” explained Thelwell to www.wolves.co.uk…

Wolves need a bigger squad next season – Eves

Mel Eves believes Wolves need a bigger squad for next season. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo used just 19 players last campaign until he throw on late substitutes Will Norris and Max Kilman in the last home game against Fulham. That was the lowest number by a Premier League club in 2018-19 and Wolves enjoyed a season free from serious injuries. But League Cup winner Eves, 62, doesn’t believe Nuno can get away with again, after qualifying for the Europa League, the club’s first foray into European competition since Eves was their last scorer in Europe in October 1981. Wolves…

Wolves to launch new kit next week after ‘leak’

Wolves will launch their new Adidas home kit next week – after an apparent leak of the strips on social media. The club are to make the new gold and black kit available for pre-order on July 4 after photos appeared on Facebook and Twitter showing a new look for the 2019-20 Premier League and Europa League campaign. Photos of players modelling the new gold strip will go live on the official website wolves.co.uk, social media and the Wolves App at 9am next Thursday. It’s understood the images of the players wearing the kit were taken before the end of…

Don’t panic, signings will come – Kenny’s message to Wolves fans

Kenny Hibbitt has urged Wolves fans not to panic because major signings will come. The 68-year-old Molineux legend is as excited as any supporter having watched many of the games last season, when the club finished seventh, the highest since 1979-80 when he played a major part in their sixth-placed finish. Wolves have been linked with a host of names but the only confirmed interest is in Albion striker Salomon Rondon, who will be sold this summer after a successful season on loan at Newcastle. Young Paris Saint Germain defender Raphael Nya, 19, looks set to sign a three-year deal…

Wolves look set to confirm Nya signing from PSG

Wolves are set to sign young Paris Saint-Germain defender Raphael Nya, according to various reports in France. The 19-year-old, who can play right back or central defender, has agreed a three-year contract at Molineux, say France Football and goal.com Nya had signed a trainee contract with PSG until 2020 and captained the club’s Under-19s last season in the UEFA Youth League. PSG finished second behind Liverpool in the group stage before going out to Hertha Berlin in the play-off round. No fee has been mentioned, while it is unclear whether Les Parisiens offered the Franco-Cameroonian the chance to extend his…

Hibbitt – Wolves can win the Europa League

Kenny Hibbitt believes Wolves can celebrate their return to Europe by winning the Europa League – and finish in the top six. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side start the club’s first European campaign for 39 years in the second qualifying round by playing the winners of Crusaders and Faroe Islanders B36 Torshavn, who face off on July 11 and 18. Hibbitt is delighted to see his beloved Wolves back on the continental stage after a near four-decade absence. The double League Cup winner is one of only three players with Derek Parkin and John Richards who have figured in all four…