Nottingham Forest will test Wolves’ resolve with one last offer for Bakary Sako over this final weekend of the transfer window.
The ambitious Championship club, the summer’s biggest spenders in the second tier, have targeted the Wolves winger as one of three potential recruits to add to a squad charged with the task of returning to the Premier League.
Middlesbrough’s Grant Leadbitter and Leicester’s Wes Morgan have also been the subject of approaches this week, but also knocked back.
Forest’s wealthy Kuwaiti owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has splashed out in assembling the squad – but has refused to pay what he considers “over the odds” for manager Billy Davies’ targets.
But with Wolves refusing to alter the £4m price tag pinned to the goal-scoring wide man with the ferocious shot, the impasse continues.
Forest sources expect another attempt, but head coach Kenny Jackett’s assertion that they were “nowhere near” Molineux’s valuation is a good sign for those Wolves fans hoping Sako will stay.
Jackett also revealed that the market for Kevin Doyle remains even quieter.
“We have had no bids or enquiries for Kevin Doyle,” said Jackett. “I don’t know whether there will be a late move for him. You don’t sell players, other people buy them.”
Wolves are wondering if Celtic’s success in reaching the group phase of the Champions League will provide the funds to reactivate their interest in the 29-year-old.
A Parkhead move would be perfect for Doyle after Wolves’ slump into the third tier cost him his Republic of Ireland place just as their World Cup qualifying campaign reaches its climax.
But Schalke’s Finnish ace Teemu Pukki appears the preferred choice.