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Wolverhampton Wanderers chairman Jeff Shi has hinted at a positive January transfer window for the club in a recent interview.
And supporters at Molineux should be anticipating some new signings in a few months.
Nuno Santo’s side currently sit 12th in the Premier League table while in the Europa League they look primed to progress past the group stage as they occupy second place with a two-point cushion over third.
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But in recent times, the Portuguese boss has suffered from a bit of an injury crisis, epitomised by Willy Boly’s sudden leg break during training last week, which may have scuppered his entire season.
The squad was already thin on numbers as BirminghamLive reported that they wanted to sign a centre-back during January, and that was even before the Frenchman’s injury.
But the west Midlands club have now received a boost from Shi, who said:
“If we need to strengthen the squad, we have the capacity to do it – immediately, in January.
“We want to do the right deal. We understand our squad is still growing, but if we want to compete at a higher level, we need to give Nuno and the team more support.
“We know where we are maybe a little bit weak.
“I keep talking with Nuno about it, so I think we will have a good window in January.”
This news obviously comes as a significant boost to everyone involved at the club, especially after talk that Fosun would decrease their investment.
Last season, Nuno only used a squad primarily built around 19 players with eight of those playing 34 or more matches in the Premier League, so it was rather lucky that they didn’t pick up any major injury woes on their way to that historic seventh place finish.
Even though that is the way the Portuguese native likes to operate – by having a tight-knit squad – the added involvement across both domestic and European fronts has meant that he needs to call upon his squad depth at times.
And that’s something he just doesn’t have right now as evident above, so this will allow him to do exactly that in January.