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ICYMI: Wolves star Raul Jimenez to become a father – and wants to get wed

Wolves hotshot Raul Jimenez is to become a father, after he and his actress girlfriend Daniela Basso announced they are expecting their first child. The 28-year-old club record signing’s new arrival will be born this summer, and the pair, who are settled in Wolverhampton, are understandably delighted. The Mexico international, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, said news that the couple are to become parents has given him an unexpected boost on the pitch. “Since I found out the good news in November, I’ve been scoring more goals,” said Jimenez, who has over 3.33m followers on…

Former Wolves defender McNamara ‘awake and talking’ after collapse

Former Wolves and Celtic defender Jackie McNamara is ‘awake and talking’ after collapsing near his home in York with a suspected bleed to the brain on Saturday night. The 46-year-old ex-full back is being treated at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who say he’s in a ‘critical but stable condition’ in intensive care. A statement from the hospital read: “We can confirm Jackie McNamara was admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary on Sunday night and is currently being cared for in our intensive care Unit. He remains in a critical but stable condition. “We are supporting both Jackie and his…

Nuno hint on Campana joining Wolves’ first team: ‘He’s a good option’

Nuno Espirito Santo has hinted new Wolves signing Leanardo Campana could be involved with the first team soon. The 19-year-old Ecuador international was signed from SC Barcelona in his homeland for £300,000 compensation in the January transfer window. Campana was initially earmarked for the Under-23s squad along with fellow January arrivals Nigel Lonwijk, Enzo Loiodice and Justin Hubner. But he has quickly impressed the head coach and Nuno is happy to have him working with the senior squad to help his development. Portuguese youngsters Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao – who arrived in a joint £20m deal from Lazio in…

Wolves kid Giles has ‘Premier quality’ but must graft to make it at Coventry

Mark Robins believes Wolves cub Ryan Giles has ‘Premier League quality’ – but faces some hard graft to win a place in his Coventry City team. Giles started his Sky Blues loan on the bench as an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bolton at St. Andrew’s. The 20-year-old had a watching brief as Sam McCallum took the left wing back slot, while Brandon Mason, who has played 17 games in all competitions this season, wasn’t even on the bench after playing in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Birmingham City on Tuesday night. McCallum, 19, is back…

Wolves signing Luke Matheson can go to the very top – Hill

Wolves youngster Luke Matheson has been told he can play for England – and surprise his Molineux team-mates by challenging for a first-team place next season. Bolton manager Keith Hill gave the 17-year-old right wing back his debut at just 15 at Rochdale from where Wolves have snapped him up for an initial £1m last month. Matheson has returned to the League One club on loan for the rest of the season. The youngster has made just 19 League appearances and 32 in total. But Hill, 50, is convinced the teenager, who has already played for England Under-18s, will represent…

Ricketts: Pressure of playing for Liverpool like Wolves in League One

Former Wolves captain Sam Ricketts has compared the pressure of playing for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to being at Molineux in League One. Ricketts, now managing Shrewsbury Town, recently took the Premier League champions-elect to an FA Cup fourth round replay, which they lost 1-0 at Anfield after forcing a 2-2 draw at Montogmery Waters Meadow. The replay drew massive focus as Klopp elected to play his Under-23s team and was not even present as his first team were on their winter break. Ricketts had a half-hour chat with the Liverpool manager after their first game and understood the German’s reasoning…

Thelwell to leave Wolves to take up New York head of sport post

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell admits it has been a ‘pleasure and a privilege’ to work for the club as he prepares to leave for a new challenge in the United States with New York Red Bulls. The 46-year-old, who has been at Wolves for more than 11 years, is to leave this month to take up the newly-created role as head of sport at New York Red Bulls. Thelwell first came to Molineux as as Academy manager, then head of football development and recruitment, before becoming sporting director in 2016. In August last year, Thelwell was appointed to the…

Nuno: Wolves’ longest break of season came at ideal time for Boly and Jota

Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested Wolves’ longest break of the season came at the right time for Willy Boly and Diogo Jota. Wolves go to Manchester United on Saturday after a nine-day break since their last game – their longest spell between fixtures since the close season after losing 2-1 to Liverpool a week last Thursday. Boly was an unused substitute against the Premier League leaders on his return to the matchday 18 after missing 20 matches in three months with a broken ankle. Jota made his return from the bench as a late replacement for Pedro Neto. The Molineux…

Ryan Bennett reveals mate James Maddison helped smooth move from Wolves

Leicester-bound Wolves defender Ryan Bennett has revealed his mate James Maddison helped persuade him to go to King Power Stadium. The 29-year-old centre-back has joined the Champions League contenders on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a £5m permanent move in the summer. Bennett arrives at King Power Stadium after playing 19 times in all competitions for Nuno Espírito Santo’s side this season, scoring once in the UEFA Europa League. The former Grimsby and Peterborough man gave Wolves sterling service, playing in 92 games in all competitions, winning the Championship in his first season after…

Wolves’ new boy Matheson happy to ditch the ‘L’ plates- on and off the pitch

Wolves’ new boy Luke Matheson might have just passed his driving test – but he has also ditched his L plates on the pitch. The exciting right back signed for Wolves in a £1m deal on transfer deadline day and has been loaned back to Rochdale for the rest of the season to continue his development in League One. Now he has learned to drive, that will save him time getting to train with Dale. “I only passed my driving test yesterday and that was something I’ve been trying to do since I turned 17,” said the England Under-18 international.…