Wolves back in for Villa midfielder

The on/off transfer of Steve Sidwell has taken another twist with the news that Wolves are looking likely to clinch the player’s signature.

Wolves were the club originally linked with the player before Avram Grant hijacked the move. Sidwell had passed a medical at West Ham before Christmas, but the move has since collapsed and now Wolves look set to complete the deal that they failed with in December.

It was reported that Sidwell was at Molineux for Wolves’ win against Chelsea last night, but that rumour has been neither confirmed nor denied by Mick McCarthy.

About the chance of a possible move, McCarthy said: “I haven’t spoken to him so there’s nothing much I can say,”

“A fee had been agreed with the clubs beforehand.

“And as I’d said before, his family were closer to West Ham and I had no gripe with that at all.

“But if he’s available and we can agree a fee and terms I would take him in a heartbeat.

“If that’s the case then I would love to sign him.”

It is also thought that Sidwell is keen to reunite with Wolves’ former Reading players Kevin Doyle, Stephen Hunt and Marcus Hahnemann. The only potential stumbling block in the deal is Sidwell’s £45,000 a-week wages which would exceed Wolves’ tight wage structure.

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