Kenny Jackett believes Wolves are edging closer to hanging on to Kevin Doyle and Bakary Sako for their League One promotion challenge.
The Molineux head coach is expecting a “very quiet” final few days before the transfer window shuts next Monday with still no major interest in the two biggest names in his squad.
Jackett is also cautioning Wolves fans not to expect any major incoming deals to follow the club’s two summer signings, defender Sam Ricketts and midfielder Kevin McDonald.
But that all spells good news for fans hoping Doyle and Sako stay – while Jackett keeps his powder dry for the loan market which kicks in a week after the deadline passes.
“I feel the last week of the window will be very quiet for us in terms of players either coming in or going out. That’s how I see it at the moment,” says Jackett.
“If anybody comes in for any of our players we shall have to deal with it as and when that happens – and if it is close to the end of transfer window, as is often the case, they will have to realise that it is close to the end of the window for us as well.
“Once it actually shuts, the picture will be a lot clearer for all of us. But I wouldn’t be complaining if we had the same squad this time next week. Would we need to look and see what comes along the way? Yes, of course but I don’t see us making any major signings.”
His regime’s re-shaping of last season’s Championship flops continued with the protracted year-long loan deal which took the injury-cursed Razak Boukari to French Ligue 1 side FC Sochaux finally completed.
But Doyle and Sako are two of the crop of higher-paid players Wolves are glad to keep. Doyle is happy with life at Wolves but is nevertheless faced with the dilemma of losing his international place – he was omitted from the Republic of Ireland squad for the next two qualifiers – in a World Cup season.
Jackett says: “It will depend so much on who comes in for him. Until anybody does come in at a serious level he’s a Wolves player.
“Nobody has come in for him as yet and Kevin trains hard, is a good team member, a very good pro with good commitment. We’re more than happy to have him.”
Meanwhile the Wolves head coach distanced himself from interest in Barnsley’s Scott Golbourne, the latest name to be thrown up by the endless pre-deadline speculation.