Wolves reach agreement to capture Metz midfielder as Leander Dendoncker replacement

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Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore Credit: PA Images
Metz midfielder Boubacar Traore Credit: PA Images

Wolves have acted quickly to sign Leander Dendoncker’s replacement in midfield by agreeing a deal with Metz for Boubacar Traore, according to one source.

Dendoncker ended his three-year spell at Molineux earlier on transfer deadline day by joining West Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard’s side did not reveal how much Dendoncker cost, though reports claim the move to be worth around £13million.

When joining Villa, Dendoncker said: “I’m very excited to have signed for Villa.

“It’s a new challenge for me. I’m really excited to be here and I’ve already been shown around the training ground.

“I can feel that this a big club, you can just feel it. I obviously know the players from playing against them, and I know it’s a very good team with good players. I’m really happy to be here.”

Bruno Lage needs a replacement and Wolves officials appear to have found their man. According to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre (20:51), Wolves have come to an agreement with Metz for Traore.

The 21-year-old, who represents Mali U23s on the international stage, will join Wanderers on a season-long loan.

Wolves have the chance to capture him permanently next summer for £9.4m (€11m), should he impress in the Premier League.

Boubacar Traore set to undergo Wolves medical

Traore will soon take part in a medical to allow the switch to go through before the transfer deadline. And Sky Sports claim personal terms should not be an issue, which means Wolves can quickly organise his contract signing.

Traore has previously been linked with Newcastle United, Leicester City, Southampton and Nottingham Forest. But it is Wolves who look set to benefit from having him in their squad for the rest of the campaign.

Reports have claimed Wolves made a bid for the Ligue 1 player in January. That proposal came to nothing, but Wolves are now close to bringing Traore to the Prem.

He will compete with the likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Matheus Nunes for a starting spot under Lage.

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