Kenny Jackett eager to seal deal for star Michael Jacobs

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.

Wolves' Michael Jacobs on the ball

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.

Comments for: "Kenny Jackett eager to seal deal for star Michael Jacobs"

Sir Billy Quiet

If the tackle on Ebanks-Landell had been in the Premier League it would have made the national news!

It reminded me of Kevin Muscatt at his worst...............

Jackett the Hat

S B Q....I was sitting next to a photographer who worked for Tranmere on match days, he was kind enough to show me some stills and step-by-step images of that tackle. Of about five different pictures I saw, the Tranny player came in horizontal in three of them, IMO if he hadn't got a piece of the ball, he would've carried on through and we wouldn't have seen young Ebanks-Landell in a gold shirt again. It was a definite straight red but we'll have our say on it and move on, we don't want to be known as whining babbies like some other clubs who think the worlds against them, I think you know who I mean.

Sir Billy Quiet

You must have been sat 5 rows in front of me! - I didn't need to see a replay, in real time it was leg breaker. I hope he has apologised.


Just hurry up and buy him, he's played well enough and long enough to make a decision, he is only 22, and keen, snap him up,


I dought Moxey will pay the asking price, so its a loan deal at best, and please what's going on with Danny Batth ?


I hope Jacobs decides to sign up, but with the window open, he will have been noticed by any number of other leagues above our own! This one is NOT just all down to Wolves & Moxey! Although I have a feeling for some it may be.

Sir Billy Quiet

We normally agree a fee at the start of the loan period so the fact we are negotiating suggests that Derby were not keen to sell originally and his good form will have been noticed.

I would think that Derby will now value him at £1M plus so Jez will have to put down his sun cream and give his boss a call :)


From what was originally said when we loaned him, there was no fee for a permanent signing in the deal.


Jacobs was superb at Tranmere, despite battering his head on the pitchside surround. My man of the match. We could and should have won after equalising. Man for man we were 100 per cent better than Tranmere, and it's two points dropped.


I sincerly hope that Wolves can negotiate a deal to keep Jacobs - either as an extension to his current loan or, preferably a permanant deal. I have'nt seen him play a bad game yet in a Wolves shirt, and last night he was clearly our best player.

A lot will depend on the outcome of deals that are being negotiated at Derby. I understand that they are trying to extend current loan deals of their own and they're also trying buy Simon Dawkins from Tottenham. If they are successful with their negotiations then there is more likelihood of Jacobs staying at Wolves.

However, a potential sticking point is whether or not Jacobs himself wants stay at Wolves, particularly on a permanant basis. He may feel that his best chance of playing in the premiership would be to go back to Derby, even if it meant sitting most of the rest of this season sitting on the bench.

Best case scenario from a Wolves perspective would be that, Derby wants to sell to fund other incoming deals, Wolves match their valuation for the player, and Jacobs is keen to stay at Molineux.

The Flying Winger

Ikeme now out for possibly 5 weeks,

Good job we didn't let Hennessey go!

chris h

According to the BBC website when Jacobs signed the loan expires today, Jan 2. So no deal no Jacobs for the game tomorrow. Perhaps Jez will sort this out, if they can get him off Space Mountain.

chris h

Further to the above, the Express and Star articles on both 11 and 12 November both stated Jacobs loan period ends on 2 Jan. So where did this extra day come from ? Hate to think we get knocked off points for playing an ineligible player.