Wolves have confirmed the signing of Ki-Jana Hoever from Liverpool on a five-year contract.
The defender had been at Liverpool since 2018, but only made four senior appearances. The first of those, coincidentally, actually came at his new home ground, Molineux.
Hoever has now joined Wolves on a permanent basis, with reports suggesting the transfer fee is around £10m – with Liverpool retaining a 15% sell-on clause on the player.
“I’m really excited to join such a big club like Wolves and to play in the Premier League,” the 18-year-old told Wolves’ official website.
“I’m really happy the club has trust in me, so the way I can give back is by playing good football and enjoying the moment.
“I’m excited to just to be playing. That’s what I love doing the most. In the stadium, playing with my teammates, hopefully with the fans soon, that’s what I love.”
Hoever then explained his style to his new fans, promising to strengthen their options on the right-hand side of defence.
“I think the Wolves fans can expect a flying Dutchman off the right side,” he said. “I love to attack, but also do my work defensively. Right-back, full-back, wing-back, whatever you want, I will go over, cross, score, attack, but also do my defensive work, that’s what they can expect.
“As a young kid, I’m going to bring a lot of energy down the right side. Everything’s going to come out of my heart and I’m going to play with my heart.”
Hoever explains Wolves choice
Hoever only signed a long-term contract at Liverpool last summer, but has now moved on from the Premier League champions, having never played a league game for them.
The Dutchman believes he can still achieve big things at his new club, though.
“Wolves came with the best plans for me,” he added. “I’m hoping I can make it to the next level with them and achieve great things with them. It’s a big season ahead and I hope we can achieve great things.
“They had a few brilliant seasons in the Premier League, and they are one of the top teams that’s fighting for the Champions League. I really want to be a part of that with this club and really want to get this club to the next level – that’s why Wolves was the decision that I made.”
Jota to move the other way
Meanwhile, in a separate deal, Diogo Jota is close to leaving Wolves to join Liverpool.
Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that the forward is heading to Anfield to complete his move.
“Diogo is amazing,” Nuno said. “What Diogo did for us is absolutely fantastic. Things happen when naturally they should happen.
“He’s going to the right place. He’ll never be forgotten by our fans.”
Liverpool will sign Jota by paying in installments, in a clever deal between the two clubs.