Wolves boss hints at new free-agent signing after disappointing Dendoncker departure

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Jason Denayer Lyon April 2022 Credit: PA Images
Jason Denayer Lyon April 2022 Credit: PA Images

Wolves boss Bruno Lage has hinted there could be another new signing heading for Molineux after the disappointment of Leander Dendoncker’s departure.

Dendoncker left Wolves to join Aston Villa for a reported £13m fee. The deal for the Belgium international Dendoncker only went through in the final hours of the transfer window on Thursday. And Lage has made it clear it was not his decision.

The 27-year-old midfielder made nearly 160 appearances in his four years at Wolves, being a key part of the club’s progression under first Nuno Espirito Santo and then Lage.

But he revealed his excitement of signing for Wolves’ neighbours after being benched in the last three Premier League games

“I will not change anything about Leander,” Lage said ahead of Southampton’s Premier League trip to Molineux.

“He was so important for the club and me last year and it was a big pleasure working with him.

“He comes with a proposal and thinks it was the right time to move. As a coach, I have to understand what’s best for the player and the club.

“If you give me the choice he stays, because he’s an important player for me. But in the end we need to understand what is best for the player and also the club.”

Denayer option for Wolves

Wolves did agree a season-long loan with Boubacar Traore from Metz to plug the midfield gap left by Dendoncker.

Lage could yet add to his defensive numbers after the transfer window with reports linking Wolves to former Manchester City and Celtic defender Jason Denayer.

Released by Lyon earlier this summer, Denayer, 27, is a free agent. 

Wolves were hoping to sign West Ham defender Craig Dawson and made an offer. However, Dawson remained with the Hammers and tweeted “the show goes on” late on Thursday night.

That has left Lage looking at the possibility of signing Denayer.

“Let’s see what happens in the next days,” Lage said. “I know Denayer very well, I played against him in the Champions League.

“You are talking about a player who can play in the Champions League and for his national team.

Lage preached patience

“We’re very happy with our centre-backs, but there’s a gap between the two who are playing and the two who are not playing at the moment.

“If we have a chance to bring in one experienced player that would be better, because they could be very important for the club in the future.”

Austria international Sasa Kalajdzic will be included in the matchday squad against Southampton.

Lage has welcomed the arrival of the 6ft 7in striker as Wolves seek to claim a first league win of the season.

He said: “When everyone was worried about the squad, I told the fans to have patience.

“It has happened in the last two weeks. We brought top players to rebuild the team.

“The fans had patience to rebuild the squad. Now they need patience for them to adapt to a new club and the intensity of the Premier League.”

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