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Wolves eyeing ‘incredible’ player in free transfer, report says.



Wolves are looking to recruit a major free agent this summer.

Wolves are among numerous clubs trying to capture a Premier League-proven player on a free transfer this summer.

Wolves chasing European football

Wolves replaced Julen Lopetegui with former Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil in August 2023, and he has not disappointed in his brief time with the Midlands club. Wolves have 42 points after 31 games in the 2023/24 Premier League season, placing them 11th.

They still have a good chance of getting some type of European football for the coming season; they are only six points away from a Europa Conference League spot and have a game in hand on seventh-place West Ham.

Wolves’ savvy spending has been a major factor in their success this campaign. The Wanderers spent £80 million on players over the last two transfer windows, including almost £40 million on Matheus Cunha, who has been their best player this season, scoring 11 goals and assisting seven times.

However, if Wolves want to take their game to the next level, they will need to keep adding high-quality players to their roster. Unlike some of the clubs above them on the table, they do not have a lot of money, so they must be very strategic about how and who they spend it on.

Wolves may bolster their squad without spending a lot of money by signing free agents, such Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, whose contract is set to expire this summer.

Wolves ready to battle for £75,000-a-week Ndidi

According to HITC, Wolves are one of numerous Premier League clubs tracking Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi.

Ndidi is a seasoned Premier League player, having made 192 games with the Foxes. He also played a vital role in Leicester’s FA Cup and Community Shield victories, with former manager Brendan Rodgers describing Ndidi as a ‘great player’: “He’s a fantastic player. The attacking players receive the accolades, while he does the dirty job.

“He has this game-playing brain that detects danger and always finds himself there. His challenge timing is excellent, and he ranks among the top players in terms of winning the ball back. When you’re playing a pressing game, you need someone like Wilf. His passing is also fantastic; he’s usually smiling.

However, while the 27-year-old would undoubtedly improve Wolves’ midfield, a couple of issues may hinder O’Neil and Co from signing Ndidi this summer.

First, according to the HITC report, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, and Brighton are all interested in signing the Nigerian. At least one of Tottenham and Aston Villa is anticipated to secure Champions League football for the 2024/25 season, which might be an important negotiating point when Ndidi’s contract expires in the summer.

Second, Ndidi presently makes £75,000 per week with Leicester and would expect a pay increase from his future team. Wolves, on the other hand, now have only two players on their roster earning greater over £75,000 per week: Pablo Sarabia and Nelson Semedo (£90,000 and £80,000, respectively).

This implies Wolves will most likely have to violate their existing pay cap to sign the midfielder. Should they do so, Ndidi would undoubtedly boost their midfield department, but at a high cost due to the lack of an initial transfer fee.


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