Last week, reports suggested Wolves were set to sign Middlesbrough talisman Adama Traore in a fairly straight forward deal, triggering the wideman’s £18m release clause and giving him another crack at the Premier League.
However, Tony Pulis played the pacy wideman in an abandoned pre-season friendly against bitter rivals Sunderland and he dislocated his shoulder, although the former West Brom boss has said he doesn’t expect his star man to be out for too long.
That injury appears to have put Nuno Santo off paying the full £18m release clause as Wolves have reportedly had a bid rejected for Traore, which clearly falls below the valuation.
That led us to suggest that a move for Nacer Chadli, who is reportedly moving closer to the exit door at Wolves’ bitter rivals West Brom, offers a better alternative to the crocked Traore, especially with the Belgian looking to build on a strong World Cup and further increase his international standing.
West Brom fans may not like the result; 58 per cent of Old Gold fans want Chadli to move across the Black Country divide more than they want to see Traore sign, and that is certainly one deal that would get passions raised in the Midlands ahead of the new season…