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Nuno: Wolves ace Podence talking ‘no sense’ over Champions League claim

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has rubbished Daniel Podence’s claim that the club can qualify for the Champions League this season as nonsense. The 24-year-old Portuguese winger joined from Olympiakos for £16.9m this week and has scored in the competition for the Greek Superleague against Tottenham earlier this season. But the Molineux head coach believes 5ft 5ins Podence, who can operate on either flank, is talking too big for now. “You know players when they come, they want to be nice!” said Nuno when asked about Podence’s ambition. “They want to say nice things. I remember one team-mate I had…

Wolves U23s hold Liverpool but miss out on Euro quarter-final place

Wolves U23s 2 Liverpool U23s 2. Wolves Under-23s were hit by a fierce comeback from Liverpool Under-23s to miss out on a quarter-final place in the Premier League International Cup in front of 4,394 at Molineux. Goals early in each half from Bruno Jordao and Renat Dadashov gave James Collins’s youngsters a two-goal cushion, but Liverpool’s reply was swift as Joe Hardy and Harvey Elliott scored within four minutes after that to reward the visitors’ territorial supremacy. Jordao gave Wolves the lead in the 14th minute with a superb strike from the edge of the box after a clever ball…

Wolves U23s to be roared on by 5,000-plus in Euro decider against Liverpool

Wolves Under-23s will be roared on by than 5,000 supporters against Liverpool at Molineux on Wednesday night (7pm) as they try to reach the knockout stages of a European competition. James Collins’ youngsters face a winner-takes-all fixture against the Reds after 1-1 draws against Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Club Bilbao in the Premier League International Cup, the Under-23s’ first taste of European competition. Going into the final match in Group E, Wolves are one point behind the Reds, and two behind rivals PSG and Athletic Club. A win for Wolves will see them leapfrog their competitors and claim top spot…

Wolves’ latest recruit Loiodice looking to win permanent deal after loan signing

Wolves’ latest recruit Enzo Loiodice has set his sights on winning a permanent deal after the club announced his signing on loan from Dijon until the end of the season. The club has an option to turn the the 19-year-old midfielder’s loan into a permanent deal if he impresses over the next few months. Loiodice, a creative left-footed central midfielder, has already made his mark in senior football in France, making 24 first-team appearances for Dijon – 21 of those coming in Ligue 1 But he will initially link up with James Collins’ Under-23 squad as Wolves look to improve…

Wolves winger Graham targeted by Gills after Cobblers trial

Wolves winger Jordan Graham could be on his way out of Molineux – to League One Gillingham. Gills boss Steve Evans is seeking wide options and is understood to be keen on the 24-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer and almost certain to leave this month. Graham is understood to have had a trial with former Wolves captain Keith Curle at League Two promotion contenders Northampton in the last few days, but is now being targeted by the Gills. The former Aston Villa winger is back at Wolves playing for the Under-23s after a loan spell with…

Podence set for Wolves medical on Wednesday after £16.9m fee agreed

Daniel Podence is due at Wolves on Wednesday after agreeing a £16.9m (20m euros) fee for the winger. The 24-year-old Olympiakos wideman is set to arrive at Compton for a medical with a view to putting pen to paper on a long-term deal after the clubs finally settled on the fee. The pacy, tricky former Sporting player will become one of the most expensive signings in Wolves’ history after £32.6m Raul Jimenez, £18m Adama Traore and Jonny, and the record departure from Olympiakos. The clubs have been in talks for the 24-year-old for several days after Wolves offered an initial…

Wolves move on from Oliveira after refusing to meet asking price

Wolves have moved on from Nelson Oliveira after refusing to meet AEK Athens’ £5.5m asking price. It’s understood Wolves made a second bid for the 28-year-old striker last Friday, but it was around £3.8m, still way short of the Greek club’s valuation, following a first offer of around £3.4m. Oliveira has shown some of the best goalscoring form of his career this season, with nine goals in 20 games in all competitions for AEK in 2019-20, but Wolves were not prepared to pay what they considered to be over the odds for the former Norwich striker. Wolves have been in…

Wolves inch ever closer to Podence deal as talks continue

Wolves are getting ever closer to completing a deal to sign £21.5m-rated winger Daniel Podence. The clubs have been in talks for the 24-year-old for several days after Wolves offered an initial fee of around £15.3m. Since then Wolves have worked to close the gap to get closer to the Greek club’s demands of the full asking price, although comments from Olympiakos’ head of communications Nikos Gavalas appeared to indicate a hurdle to overcome regarding the player’s contract. Gavalas said on @Sport24Radio in Greece: “The difference was between the two clubs regarding the terms of Podence’s contract. “Τhe matter will…

Wolves set to sign highly-rated French midfielder on loan

Wolves are poised to complete the signing of France Under-20 international Enzo Loiodice from Ligue 1 side Dijon on loan for the rest of the season. The 19-year-old left-footed central midfielder, who was born in Paris of Italian descent, will initially join the Under-23s squad. As the footage shows with this report, he is slightly built but can pick a pass and looks composed in possession. Loiodice has made 20 Ligue 1 appearances, including six this season for Dijon, who are fourth from bottom and six points above the relegation zone. The midfielder signed a three-year deal in summer 2018…

Wolves have post to Phil as long-serving head of medical leaves for job abroad

Wolves head of medical Phil Hayward has left the club to take on a similar role overseas after 11-and-a-half years at Molineux. Hayward joined Wolves Academy in 2008 and was promoted to first-team physio three years later. It’s understood his last working game was the 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle on January 11. In 2012, the popular Hayward was appointed head of medical to replace Steve Kemp, who joined the FA, and tasked with overseeing the club’s entire medical and sport science department. Matt Perry, Wolves club doctor since 2002, is now overseeing the department until a permanent appointment…