Bakary Sako pulled out of training today as Wolves and Nottingham Forest were locked in negotiations over his future.
The club said Sako rang in ill. Forest want to take the French winger on a 93-day loan with a view to a permanent deal when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Wolves are sticking to their guns and say Forest’s advances haven’t reached their valuation, which would be for £4m-plus for a loan and permanent deal.
But sources say both parties are now closer to agreement than they were when Wolves rejected several offers from Forest, culminating in a bid of £3.5m before the window closed on September 2.
However, there are still issues to be sorted out.
In a statement Wolves said: “Forest have renewed their interest, but the situation remains unchanged. Bakary is an important player and his value reflects that. Wolves are not encouraging the interest and there is no certainty of a deal.”
When the transfer window shut, both Sako and Wolves said he would remain at Molineux for the rest of the season.
But unlike the Premier League, where clubs are effectively ruled out of doing business outside the window, Football League clubs can still conduct deals through the loan system.