Wolves are hoping for a New Year signings boost over Michael Jacobs after revealing they are in advanced talks to extend his stay at Molineux.
Head coach Kenny Jackett today revealed discussions have progressed with parent club Derby over keeping the 22-year-old winger, either on an extended loan or on a permanent basis after the £250,000 signing of James Henry from Millwall on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
Jacobs’ current agreement expires after tomorrow night’s game at Gillingham and Jackett is keen to tie his future down after he produced a man-of-the-match display at Prenton Park, setting up Dave Edwards’ equaliser and seeing two efforts saved.
Jackett said: “The two options are to extend the loan or to make it permanent and it’s in the hands of Kevin Thelwell (head of development).
“But he knows we like him and want him to have a future at Wolverhampton, there’s no doubt about that.
“It’s been in Kevin’s hands over the last couple of days and he’s had plenty of talks with Derby.
“We hope we can extend the loan. We’re very pleased with Michael and it was another very good performance he put in against Tranmere yesterday.
“He’s been pretty good in almost every game and I’ve been impressed with him.”
Jackett said Wolves won’t rush right-back Matt Doherty back because of their defensive crisis for tomorrow’s televised clash.
Wolves are without Richard Stearman and Ethan Ebanks-Landell.
Stearman was sent off in yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Tranmere and Ebanks-Landell sustained knee ligament damage in the challenge that saw Rovers midfielder James Wallace sent off.
“We think probably he’s got more of a chance for Preston,” said Jackett of Doherty, who has been out with a hamstring problem.
Wolves are likely to be without six players tomorrow, with James Henry (groin), Jack Price (knee) and Liam McAlinden (glandular fever) also sidelined.