Even though Wolves’ technical director Scott Sellars recently played down the prospect of major spending from the Midlands club during the current January transfer window, one potential deal that they could realistically pull off in the coming weeks would be to bring Matt Doherty back to Molineux from fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Earlier this month, it was reported by Football Insider that Wolves had expressed an interest to Spurs that they would like to sign the Irishman this month.
Since then, journalist Pete O’Rourke has said that Doherty “would seriously consider” joining Bruno Lage’s squad and leaving the north London club.
Since joining Spurs back in the 2020 summer transfer window in a deal worth a reported fee of £14.7m, Doherty has made 41 appearances across all competitions with only 21 of them coming in the Premier League, suggesting that he has not been a first-choice player for the Lilywhites, especially with just four appearances and no starts in the league this season.
During his time as a Wolves player in which he said he felt “privileged” by, loving life at Molineux, the 29-year-old racked up a total of 302 appearances across all competitions, with an impressive return of 28 goals and 41 assists along the way.
Wolves’ current right-wing back Nelson Semedo has been in impressive form in the Premier League so far this season, earning himself an overall performance rating of 6.77/10, making him their fifth-highest rated outfield player according to WhoScored.
That said, Lage could still strike gold by luring Doherty back to Wolves this month to give some competition to the Portuguese international in that position and depth for Lage in case of any potential injuries.
It would also presumably please plenty of Wolves fans to see Doherty back at Molineux given his experience of playing for them and helping them come up from the Championship to the Premier League.
Labelled as a “superb” player for his previous efforts in a Wolves shirt by Danny Mills, the £10.8m-rated defender could potentially receive a hero’s welcome this month if he were to move back to Molineux.
Wolves and Lage should definitely approach Tottenham in the coming weeks to see if they would be willing to let Doherty go for a reasonable fee. After all, the idea of him returning to the Midlands is a sweat one.