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Wolves face battle for £10m-rated Camacho, says his dad

Wolves face a battle sign £10m-rated Liverpool forward Rafael Camacho, according to his father. Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to add the 19-year-old promising and versatile attacker to his squad this summer. But there is competition for his signature, in the shape of his old club Sporting Lisbon, their Portuguese rivals Benfica and RB Leipzig. Camacho’s father Euclides is quoted in Portuguese paper Record as saying: “Sporting is a good possibility. Rafael played there for eight years. Going back to a club that you know well would be a bit like coming home. He knows the club, people know him…

Crusaders’ WhatsApp group ‘lit up’ with Wolves Euro draw

One of Wolves’ potential opponents in the Europa League admits their WhatsApp group ‘lit up’ when were drawn against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Crusaders defender Sean Ward admits excitement spread through the squad online after Wednesday’s Europa League draw in Switzerland teed up a possible high-profile date with Wolves. Wolves will meet either the Northern Irish outfit or B36 Torshavn of the Faroe Islands in the second qualifying round on July 25 and August 1. It will be their first game in Europe for over 39 years, since losing 3-2 on aggregate to PSV Eindhoven in October 1980. But experienced…

Wolves star Raul is Mexico’s number one

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is Mexico’s number one. Mexico head coach, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, believes Jimenez offers more to the team than Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who is the country’s leading goalscorer. The hardworking former Benfica forward is soon to be confirmed as Wolves’ club record £32m signing. But he was criticised for missing chances, despite scoring twice in Mexico’s 7-0 win against Cuba in their opening CONCACEF Gold Cup game. West Ham striker Hernandez has grabbed 51 goals in over 100 internationals, while Jimenez has a lower conversion rate with 19 in 73. Mexico play their next game, against Canada…

Wolves man MGW looking to make big impression with U21s despite setback

Morgan Gibbs-White had to be content with a watching brief as England Under-21s got off to a losing start in the European Championships. The 19-year-old midfielder was an unused substitute as Adey Boothroyd’s side were beaten 2-1 by France in their opening Group C game after a 95th-minute own goal by Crystal Palace right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Manchester City’s Phil Foden put the Three Lions ahead in the 54th minute only for Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudury to be sent off on 63. France equalised in the 89th minute through Nanitano Ikone. Nevertheless, Gibbs-White believes the season he has just had…

Wolves youngster aiming high after signing new deal

Wolves youngster Dion Sanderson is aiming to go from ball boy to first-teamer next season after signing a new two-year contract. The 19-year-old homegrown defender has signed a contract extension which includes a 12-month option to remain at Molineux until 2021. Sanderson, who can play centre back or right wing back, is in his first season as a professional. He enjoyed an impressive breakthrough year in Rob Edwards’ Under-23 side, playing a key role as they won the Premier League 2 Division 2 title. “My aim for next season is to break into the first-team; that’s my main focus,” said…

Nuno: Wolves need to start with the levels they finished with

Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to start next season like they finished last campaign in terms of level of performance. The Portuguese head coach was delighted with the club’s seventh-placed finish and getting into the Europa League. Some five weeks ago Wolves lost their final Premier League game 2-0 at title-chasing Liverpool, but Nuno is looking at the bigger picture and believes his team’s performances offer plenty of encouragement for an exciting future. “I’m proud of the group – the commitment and belief of the players until the last minute is what we want to create and build,” said the…

Hause reveals his delight at switch to Villa from Wolves

Kortney Hause has revealed his delight after making his £3m move from Wolves to Villa permanent. The clubs confirmed the switch today after Villa triggered the permanent option in their agreement following a successful loan spell last season. They made their move amid interest from rival clubs. The 23-year-old played 12 games, including a substitute’s appearance in the winning Championship play-off final, to help Villa back to promotion. After confirmation of the transfer, Hause tweeted: “Delighted to be joining the club on a permanent. What we achieved last season was good but we need to push on again. Focused and…

Wolves striker Raul wants world stardom and Gold Cup success

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has targeted Gold Cup success and wants to show he has arrived on the world stage. Jimenez, soon to become the club record £32m signing, scored twice as Mexico got their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign off to a flying start with a 7-0 rout of Cuba in front of 65,000 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles at the weekend. On familiar territory, LA Galaxy midfielder Uriel Antuna took the plaudits after scoring a hat-trick, but Jimenez earned widespread praise for his contribution, netting in the 31st and 64th minutes. Jimenez is making the most of…

Wolves’ squad might have to increase with Europe – Doc

Matt Doherty believes Wolves might have to increase the size of their squad to cope with the added number of games next season. Wolves have just 16 senior outfield players yet face up to six additional matches in the group stages of the Europa League, and will start their season on July 25 in Europe – 16 days before the beginning of the Premier League campaign, August 10. They are also prepared to offload two players who drifted to the fringes during the second half of last season – Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa – but would replace them. Wolves…

Former Wolves star joins Boro – two decades after he could have signed

Former Wolves striker Robbie Keane has joined Middlesbrough as assistant head coach – two decades after he almost joined them as a player. The 38-year-old has gone to the Championship club as number two to new head coach Jonathan Woodgate, who has agreed a three-year contract. The pair were team-mates at Leeds and Tottenham and Woodgate succeeds Tony Pulis. Keane will combine his role at Boro with a similar job with the Republic of Ireland, where he assists manager and former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy. He had to gain the permission of McCarthy and the FAI before agreeing to take…