Aruna Dindane back on the radar?
Well, you can't accuse Wolves of letting the grass grow under their feet this summer, writes Martin Swain.
Well, you can't accuse Wolves of letting the grass grow under their feet this summer,
While everyone's gaze has been directed towards South Africa, the Molineux club have signed four new players for a total outlay of £15m after starting the process by giving Adlene Guedioura a permanent contract.
Impressive, swift business and particularly pleasing for Chief Executive Jez Moxey because it represents a healthy ratio of success in terms of landing targeted players.
Indeed, just one has slipped their grasp so far.
Or has he? Had Aruna Dindane been recruited it is highly likely Steven Fletcher would not have been but the Ivory Coast international instead opted for a lucrative move to Qatar.
At least that's what everyone, including Moxey, thought until the weekend when Dindane went into the Brazil match dismissing the Qatar option.
"I know which club I'm going to join but I won't reveal who until after the World Cup," Dindane said. Asked whether that may be a Premier League side he answered enigmatically: "Possibly."
The pursuit of Dindane was a complicated business. Although on the Willie McKay roster of clients, the Monaco-based Scot appeared to wash his hands of the 29-year-old forward who is still registered with RC Lens when he told this newspaper: "I have nothing to do with this Qatar deal."
But with Dindane now firmly kicking that option into touch, McKay is likely to be back at the centre of negotiations. Moxey was certainly surprised to learn of yet another twist in the future plans of Dindane who would, of course, add the one dimension to Wolves attack yet to be acquired - outright pace.
After so many early purchases, the focus now is on trimming the staff. But I hear that renewed interest in £2.5m Dindane would not be ruled out at Molineux if the player is once more touting himself about.
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