Free-spending Wolves have not been put off by the dislocated shoulder suffered by transfer target Adama Traore in a pre-season outing for Middlesbrough, according to the Express and Star.
The report claims that the shoulder problem suffered in Boro’s abandoned friendly against local rivals Sunderland on Friday has not stopped Wolves making a bid for the rapid wideman.
However, the bid has reportedly been rejected and it does not match Traore’s £18m release clause as Wolves feel that is not a fair valuation.
The report also says that Wolves are not the only club in the hunt and face Premier League competition in the shape of Huddersfield Town for Traore’s signature.
Traore would make an incredible impact on the Premier League if fit, but coming off the back of a pre-season injury and tasked with adjusting to a new club, style, league and team-mates, it is likely he would struggle.
It is tough to see why Wolves are haggling over £18m – a very reasonable fee in the current market – for Traore but what that does show is they don’t view him as essential to their hopes of making a top flight splash.
Therefore, they should wait until January or next summer to buy him, or move onto Nacer Chadli of bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion.
The gifted midfielder gave the world a timely reminder of his quality for Belgium out in Russia this summer but must know his international hopes will fade if he spends a season in the Championship.