Lawrence cools Wolves link

Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Lawrence has played down suggestions that he has set his heart on a move to Wolves from Stoke City this summer.

The 28-year-old is set to leave the Potters in search of regular first-team football, but Lawrence says that a move to Molineux is not a certainty.

He told the Express & Star:"I'd love to play for Mick McCarthy, but that's come out as I'm joining Wolves, which is not the case.

"I was asked if I would like to work with Mick again one day. He was the one who took me from Mansfield to Sunderland and, so, if the chance ever arose, I would.

"But I haven't spoken to any clubs. In fact, Mick must have read the story and wondered what it was all about.

"I'm aware of interest from clubs and hope I can stay in the Premier League, but I won't be doing anything without Stoke knowing.

"If Tony Pulis is true to his word which he always is, I'm sure there will be no problems with me going on and furthering myself elsewhere.

"I don't want to leave Stoke but, purely for footballing reasons, it's time to move on. That's best for both parties.

"The team has done well whether I've played or not, so I'm not going to moan and say I should be playing. He (Pulis) told me he didn't want me to go, but he understood where I was coming from."

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