Wolves are preparing another raid on Sheffield United – with Harry Maguire and Conor Coady firmly in their sights, it emerged today.
The League One champions are understood to have bid between £500,000 to £750,000 for £1m-rated midfielder Coady, 21, who spent the season on loan at Bramall Lane from Liverpool.
And Molineux officials are weighing up a £1m offer for centre-back Maguire, who sources say wants to move from his home city after failing to sign a new deal.
It’s also understood Wolves are now favourites to land out-of-contract Peterborough captain and left-sided specialist Tommy Rowe, 25.
Scouser Coady is well known to Wolves head of recruitment Stuart Webber, as he came through the ranks at Anfield when Webber was the Reds’ director of recruitment.
Primarily a defensive midfielder, Coady made 50 appearances for the Blades last season, mostly as an anchorman alongside Michael Doyle, and has modelled himself on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard – even copying his running style.
Coady, who has a year left on his contract, has showed an eye for a goal, scoring six times, although he can also operate at centre-back. He has also made two appearances for Liverpool and has represented England at every level from Under-16s to Under-20s.
Mature for his age, Coady also possesses leadership qualities, having captained England Under-17s to the UEFA European Championships trophy in 2010, the national side in the 2013 Under-20s World Cup and being named skipper of Liverpool’s Under-21s from May last year.
The Express & Star revealed Wolves’ interest in Maguire on May 13, and the club is now preparing a seven-figure bid for the highly-rated 21-year-old.
United are understood to be prepared to lose Maguire, but having seen the huge impact their former player Kevin McDonald has had at Molineux since his £250,000 move, are anxious to prevent a repeat of a bargain exit and are expected to hold out for £1m.
Maguire, who has been capped by England Under-21s, has been a virtual ever-present since 2011, making 164 appearances.
For three seasons in a row, he has been United’s player of the year and made the PFA’s League One team of the year.
Meanwhile, Wolves are continuing to hold talks with Richard Stearman aimed at extending the 26-year-old’s six-year stay at Molineux.
Celtic and Burnley are believed to be interested in the former Leicester man, but sources say he’s not now on Middlesbrough’s list.