Several clubs interested in Wolves target Leon Clarke

Wolves are facing a fight to re-sign Coventry striker Leon Clarke, it emerged today – but Bjorn Sigurdarson could be the bait clinch the deal.

Coventry City striker Leon Clarke a target for Wolves
Fee agreed: Wolves agree price for their former man Leon Clarke

Head coach Kenny Jackett stressed there are several clubs competing for 28-year-old Clarke, who submitted a transfer request on Monday.

Coventry want a replacement and out-of-favour Sigurdarson is seen as a possible solution in a cash-plus-player swap.

Jackett still refused to confirm Wolves have bid for their former forward, despite Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley revealing they have received an offer.

But Jackett admitted: “I’d suggest several clubs have made strides towards bidding for Leon Clarke and that the top scorer in League One would attract various interest rather than one club.

“He’s got 18 goals this season and he’s attracting a lot of attention in the football world.”

But Jackett insisted Wolves haven’t tried to persuade Clarke to leave.

“That’s nothing to do with us,” he said. “I’m not confirming we’ve bid.”

Wolves have renewed their interest in Leicester’s Martyn Waghorn and their pursuit of Celtic attacking midfielder Callum McGregor has been confirmed amid numerous targets.

“We’re not waiting on one person,” said Jackett. “We’ve made strong enquiries about various players.

“But until a bid is accepted, it’s unprofessional to name them.”

But it looks like their chances of landing McGregor this month are slim unless Celtic can be tempted with a permanent offer.

The Hoops are happy for him to extend his loan at Notts County.

The 20-year-old’s agent Kenny Moyes said: “There are a number of teams interested, including Wolves. But there’s no firm offer.”

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: “He’s been linked with Wolves and plenty of clubs, but we’d like to bring him back in the summer.

“The reports coming back are very positive and we’re quite happy with the situation there.”

Meanwhile, Wolves are sweating on keeper Aaron McCarey tomorrow at Crawley – meaning Wayne Hennessey could be recalled.

“Aaron has been out with a back injury this week, so we’ll see how he is,” said Jackett.

“I’d have no problems with playing Wayne.”

Ethan Ebanks-Landell is fit but Matt Doherty will play 90 minutes against Chelsea on Monday at Telford and Jack Price will be available next Saturday against Bristol City.

Comments for: "Several clubs interested in Wolves target Leon Clarke"

If we are seriously considering paying cash plus Sigurdarson for Clarke then I would seriously lose faith in Kenny. It could be one of the worst decisions the club makes.

Siggy deserves a run in the team and he will deliver. If not then send him out on loan to a higher level. He cost £3.5M! To use him as part-ex for Clarke is a disgrace and I hope Sigurdarson tells them to get stuffed.

Yes Clarke has scored goals at this level but he is not a long term signing and will not improve or be successful at a higher level. He was useless and had a bad attitude last time he was here and could upset the dressing room.

I think this is a desperate signing and it sends out the wrong message to players with Sigurdarson, Macalinden and Cassidy (who all have the potential to be better then Clarke) already on our books.

Please look elsewhere.

kenco

I agree!!!! UTW

wolfhound

Dont agree Clarke would be a good fit for us at the moment streets ahead of Siggy and Cassidy looks like the same negative people running down clarke as cost us Bruce as manager

turn3rwolves

Yes I agree as well so cash plus player so Coventry got 3 million to make up the transfer fee difference..... Erm I think not any other deal between these two players would be joke unless on other hand they get siggy on loan without an option to buy

kenco

Rubbish article. Personally Clarke wants to come back to wolves desperate championship teams would be after him but I think it would be a perfect fit with us at the minute albeit I don't rate him. If Coventry know they could get £700,000 from wolves then the other clubs in league 1 have no chance....it would be even better if we could swap siggy and Cassidy for him and a small fee for a loan....it won't happen though :) don't rate wag horn either UTW

paulpip

Need a striker who knows where the net is, Siggy is not fancied by the manager, let him go.

Kenny is doing a good job so far.no favourites,willing to drop so called big name players ie o hara,Sako,Griffiths if they aint doing their job as he dictates.

Solentwolves

Does it mean they get cash for Clarke plus Siggy on loan (Siggy remains our player)?

kenco

Yes Solent if that was aimed at me I rate siggy but kj won't give him a chance so the top scorer coming in and us getting siggy game time plus some financial benefit to ccfc might seal the deal.....utw

Solentwolves

Cheers, kenco.

andrey.binek

End of the day wolves need a bloke to bang it in the net ...Right here right now, forget what they could, or could not do in the championship, need a banger to get out this division before even thinking of championship. Leon looks lean and was just a kid last time at wolves, and his record speaks for itself since.

WnP

His record since leaving Wolves?!

Now I know you can't be serious.

In his eleven year career he has had TEN (10) loan spells.

What does that tell you?

It certainly doesn't tell me he's got a good record.

He had a very public dispute with Di Canio and his fitness coach at Swindon.

He had his contract cancelled by Charlton Athletic

He has had ONE good six months and demanded a transfer from Coventry.

All of this is BEFORE we discuss his ability.

The guy is a complete waste of space and I want him nowhere near our team.

Robw64

Unless as Solent Wolves suggests, I would not consider a swap deal involving Sigurdarson - unless they had him on loan? Firstly he cost £2.4m and has never had a lengthy run in the first team in the centre and secondly Clarke is a journeyman who has had problems at Wolves and has only just found his scoring boots!

DancesWithWolves

Siggy is far more talented than Clarke. Nevertheless Clarke could teach him a thing or two about using his weight more. The top strikers in the PL are all good at this. I'd sign Clarke as a temporary measure, i.e. find the back of the net and get us promoted. If Siggy has to be sacrificed it would be a shame, but understandable. I'd rather loan Siggy to a higher division team, or even to Celtic, to try and make him into the complete article.

never boo and never leave early

I do believe that Clarke would do a good job for us. However, it should not be at the expense of Siggy. Siggy on loan would be a far better option.

He should have been given an extended run in the team. He's not been given the opportunity to play as a central striker, which is rather baffling as he was brought for that role, if I'm not mistaken. This is one issue where I do believe that KJ has not got it quite right this season.

Crawley's efforts to ensure that the match had a chance of being on was ridiculous. If they'd invested in ensuring that the game was going to be on, by having tarpaulins raised from the ground in tent like fashion the water would have drained away off the pitch. Now they will lose considerable revenue as it is unlikely that they will get the same crowd.

nik.hare1

yes i agree a rubbish article, the crawley game cancelled, as to potential targets its just speculation. utw.

shockwave1965

I haven't seen anything of Siggy to convince he is any good. Go for it swap him for Clarke

paul

It just shows how bad the coaching at wolves has been down the years, look at the players we have let go in the last ten years only for them to be coached into good players by other clubs, Siggy is another one who should be given 12 to 15 games to prove himself, he is good in the air and has pace to burn, Clarke has turned out a half good striker at this level but can he hack it in the championship, he could turn out very expensive, Siggy is a better all round striker.

chris h

Paul, I was hoping for a lot more from Siggy this season. He has been given chances and so far has not delivered. Can we risk giving him 12 to 15 games and blow our chances of promotion if he continues to misfire? Needs must, and we must get promoted. We have been crying out for a decent target man/striker since Fletcher was sold for a fortune. They ,{ ie Morgan and Moxey,} dithered and did nothing last season to address this problem and we were relegated. A few weeks back we were 8 points clear ,the manager wanted a new striker but they failed to act in the loan window period. Since then we have lost points and come this afternoon we might be about 8 points behind and facing the play offs. They have signed Dicko who is small and nippy, we need a big target man and Clarke fits the bill. If Morgan and Moxey fail us again it could be another 12 months in the third division, at least.

Stokewolf64

Chris: 100% agree mate, Siggy has had his chances both to play and in front of goal, and he hasn't taken them...

We don't have the luxury of giving someone 12 to 15 games.. Even Griff isn't taking his chances at the moment!

Clarke isn't the long term answer, but he does know where the back of the net is..

KJ has got the new signings right so far, so let's see what happens next week..

UTW