Wolves chief reveals extent of Boubacar Traore scouting after Ligue 1 star joins on deadline day

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Boubacar Traore of Wolves Credit: PA Images
Boubacar Traore of Wolves Credit: PA Images

Wolves technical director Scott Sellars says the club have been monitoring Boubacar Traore ‘for some time’ amid his deadline-day transfer from Metz.

Wolves allowed Leander Dendoncker to join local rivals Aston Villa in a reported £13million transfer earlier on September 1. This put them in the market for a new midfielder and Traore has filled that gap.

The Mali U23 international has joined Wolves on a season-long loan. Bruno Lage’s side have the option to make it permanent next summer, though this will happen automatically if certain clauses are met.

According to BBC Sport, Traore’s permanent arrival will cost £9.5million (€11m).

Reports claim Wolves made a bid for the central midfielder in January, only for this to be rejected by Metz.

The French side have since been relegated to Ligue 2, which made them more likely to sell this summer. And Wanderers’ need for a new midfielder meant they pushed harder to bring Traore in.

The 21-year-old will compete with Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Matheus Nunes for a starting spot at Molineux.

Following the announcement of Traore’s arrival, Sellars revealed Wanderers have been keeping tabs on his development for a year.

Wolves director details Boubacar Traore pursuit

“Our recruitment team have been monitoring Boubacar for some time and have been thoroughly impressed by his output in Ligue 1 over the past 12 months, his continued development as a young player and his consistent impact upon games,” he said.

“We are delighted to secure another one of our main targets and we look forward to welcoming him to Compton Park and Molineux, integrating him into the team and watching him continue his development in the Premier League.”

Traore becomes Wolves’ fifth senior arrival of the summer window. They have previously brought in Nunes, Goncalo Guedes, Nathan Collins and Sasa Kalajdzic. Plus, Lage’s team made Hwang Hee-chan’s loan move from RB Leipzig permanent.

Traore could make his Wolves debut in their next Premier League game. Wanderers host Southampton at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

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