Forest nip in to steal US ace Robbie Findley

Wolves today missed out on an early transfer raid when USA international Robbie Findley joined Nottingham Forest, writes Tim Nash.

Wolves today missed out on an early transfer raid when USA international Robbie Findley joined Nottingham Forest, writes Tim Nash.

The 25-year-old striker had been on trial at Molineux, but has instead opted to drop to the Championship after Forest offered him a contract.

Manager Mick McCarthy wanted to take a longer look at Findley, who has been injured.

Findley, who scored 29 goals in 91 games for Real Salt Lake, played against England in the World Cup and was available on a free transfer after his contract expired with the MLS side.

"We had him here, he came and trained with us, got two or three days, but he's gone to Nottingham Forest," said boss McCarthy.

"We brought him over but he was injured when he came here so we gave him treatment and then he went to Nottingham Forest, so we'll never know.

"I think he's been offered a contract, whereas we wanted to have a look at him."

McCarthy has made a right-sided centre-back top of his priority list for strengthening his team next month.

Wolves continue to be linked with £2m-rated Middlesbrough defender David Wheater, who spent a month on loan at Molineux early in the manager's reign, playing once, and he was watched by McCarthy last week at Doncaster. "I'm sure we'll be linked with lots of players," was all the boss would say when asked about the link.

Meanwhile, McCarthy expressed his relief at Sunday's game at Albion being called off. In addition to being without six injured players, two more weren't fully fit.

"Christophe Berra hadn't trained all week until Saturday morning, and Stephen Hunt had a virus and lost four and a half pounds or something," he said.

"He'd have been alright but he was poorly at the beginning of the week and you don't know how it would have affected him over 90 minutes. It was probably no bad thing it was off."