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Exclusive: Transfer expert shares what he’s ‘hearing’ about Wolves transfer plans

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Wolves are prepared to have an interesting summer in the transfer window as Gary O’Neil looks to strengthen more than just the attack of his squad.

 

After the restrictions that came with the 2023 summer transfer window, Wolves will certainly hope to increase their activity in the upcoming market.

 

As the 2023/24 campaign nears the home straight, Gary O’Neil will begin to assess his options, with the manager already vocal on the struggles his shortened squad are combatting.

 

Following Wolves’ damning late defeat to Coventry City in the FA Cup quarter-final, the boss admitted that the fixtures ahead will pose a “really difficult”

 

challenge for his players to overcome amid their injury crisis.

 

With that in mind, the Old Gold will certainly hope to get some business done in the summer transfer window, with a host of incomings required to bolster the depth at Molineux.

 

Wolves could strengthen their defence this summer in the transfer window

While the attack, and particularly the hunt for a striker, is a key area that O’Neil will want to strengthen this summer, the Englishman could also be tempted to assess his defensive options.

 

HITC journalist Graeme Bailey has now exclusively told Molineux News that Wolves could dip into the market in the search for a new centre-back this summer.

 

“I certainly think that Mosquera is doing well [on loan].”

 

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“There’s going to be options out there, could they get involved in the Lloyd Kelly situation? It wouldn’t surprise me if they look for a centre-half,

 

there’s Ait-Nouri’s situation as well, so will they need a left-back as well? I think it will depend [on that].”

 

“I’m hearing that they think Dawson might have another year left in him, it wouldn’t surprise me if they went in for a centre-half but I’m not sure it’s as much as a priority as a forward.”

 

On deadline day in the summer, Wolves signed Girona centre-back Santiago Bueno who despite impressing on occasions, hasn’t been able to usurp the commanding presence of Craig Dawson.

 

The 33-year-old’s contract at Molineux is set to expire in 2025, with a subtle thought in O’Neil’s mind over the future of the Englishman however,

 

Bailey’s mention of Yerson Mosquera poses an interesting prospect.

 

 

 

Yerson Mosquera could be like a new signing for Wolves this summer

Currently on loan at Villarreal, the 22-year-old centre-back is impressing in Spain after making the move to La Liga in January.

 

Having made just one senior appearance at his parent club, there is a belief that the Colombian could make an impact on O’Neil’s defence next season, having secured nine appearances for Villarreal so far.

 

As per FBref, the 2001-born marvel ranks as one of the leading centre-backs in La Liga in a number of areas, ranking in the top

 

4% of those in his position for his average of 6.01 clearances per 90, as well as tackling 80% of the dribblers he faces.

 

Adding to his form, it was previously reported that Wolves turned down the opportunity to sell Mosquera to Villarreal prior to sanctioning his loan, suggesting that the youngster has a future in the Premier League.

 

Only time will tell just what Wolves’ intentions are in the summer transfer window, with their defensive situation certainly an interesting narrative to follow.

 

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