Wolves explain thinking after making defender deal permanent

Date published: Friday 9th July 2021 6:35 - TEAMtalk staff

Rayan Ait-Nouri, Conor Coady Wolves TEAMtalk

Rayan Ait-Nouri has signed a five-year contract to stay with Wolves on a permanent basis following his loan spell from Angers last season.

Ait-Nouri enjoyed a productive season at Molineux in 2020-21 and has now made his stay there permanent. The 20-year-old, who made 24 appearances under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo last term, becomes new manager Bruno Lage’s third signing after the arrivals of Yerson Mosquera and Francisco Trincao.

Wolves Technical director Scott Sellars told the club’s website: “We think Rayan is a great signing for the football club.

“He proved last season that he’s a very talented player with lots of potential. I thought he did well and kicked on towards the end of the season.

“He’s a player who is only going to get better. He’s a good boy who works hard and (has) settled in well here.”

Fellow defender Ruben Vinagre, meanwhile, has joined Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan.

It is the 22-year-old Portuguese’s third loan spell away from Wolves in quick succession after stints with Olympiacos and Famalicao last season.

Wolves make Traore stance clear

Further forward, Adama Traore has been linked with a move away, with Liverpool keen.

According to a fresh report from Football Insider, Liverpool have followed up their new interest by testing the water over a potential offer.

They have told Wolves that they would pay at least £20million and a maximum of £25million for the Spain international.

However, the Molineux club have responded by insisting what price they want.

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