Transfer Rumours: July 12

Walsall | Sport | Published: bring you all of the latest transfer talk from Wolves, West Brom, Aston Villa and Walsall.

We have scoured the back pages and the internet to bring you the latest transfer gossip.

We are not saying they are true – just that they are out there.


Wolves appear to have won the race to sign free agent Nick Powell, with Hull City boss Steve Bruce admitting defeat over a potential move.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who was released by Manchester United this summer, has apparently turned down the Tigers for a move to Molineux.

Bruce has confirmed he's expecting the former Hull loanee to sign with Wolves, with reports suggesting he'll pick up a £16,000-a-week contract.

He said: "We're disappointed as it looks like we've missed out on Nick Powell - you'll have to ask Ehab (Allam, Hull vice-chairman) why (it hasn't happened).


"It looks like we've lost out to Wolves. I spoke to Nick last week and he insinuated to me that he would want to come back. He's, obviously, chose Wolves."


Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe is stalling on a £15million move to Bournemouth - just in case West Brom or Newcastle United come in to hijack the deal.

Bournemouth's Premier League rivals Albion have been credited with an interest in the wide man, 20, but are likely to baulk at the asking price for him.


Newcastle, who have dropped down into the Championship, have lost Andros Townsend to Crystal Palace for £13m and have the finds to go for Ibe.


The five players Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo is keen on culling look to be Brad Guzan, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, Leandro Bacuna and Gabby Agbonlahor.

Goalkeeper Guzan is still interesting Middlesbrough, while defender Richards is thought to have a £5m release clause which could tempt Sunderland.

Fellow stopper Lescott has been touted for a big-money move to Major League Soccer or China, while Dutchman Bacuna could head back to his homeland.

Agbonlahor, the club's longest-serving player and former captain, might be more difficult to shift. The striker earns £50,000-a-week and has two years left on his contract.


Premier League club West Ham United could be preparing a swoop for Walsall teenager Rico Henry that could blow Leeds out of the water.

The 19-year-old could fetch as much as £1.5m if the Saddlers, who have him tied down for the next two season, decide to sell up this summer.

There's speculation that the Hammers only allowed George Dobson to go to Walsall on loan if they could have first refusal on Henry's services.

Leeds might have problems with the player's agent, who owner Massimo Cellino clashed with when letting Sam Byram go to West Ham in January.

If those obstacles can be overcame, Henry is seen as a replacement at left-back for Charlie Taylor, who has been linked with West Brom and Burnley.

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