Wolves wait on answer from Jeremy Helan
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett today vowed the club are 'prepared' for Bakary Sako to leave - as they wait for an answer from Manchester City winger Jeremy Helan.
The Molineux head coach is awaiting a response from Helan and Newcastle's Shane Fergusonas he plans for life after Sako, who set up Bjorn Sigurdarson's opener in last night's 3-2 opening friendly win at East Fife.
Wolves are prepared to meet City's undisclosed valuation of Helan and they have taken him around Compton and held talks.
But Sheffield Wednesday, who had him for two loan spells last season, and at least one other Championship club are also trying to sign the 21-year-old, who can play left-back or left midfield.
And after losing Luke Murphy to Leeds when they had agreed a £1million fee with Crewe, Wolves are not over-confident of landing their targets without the lure of Championship football.
Sako's proposed move to Fulham remains in deadlock, but his departure – to the Cottagers or elsewhere – is expected to go through nearer to the closure of the transfer window.
Wolves need to replace Sako and address the likely loss of transfer-listed left-back Stephen Ward and the exits of wingers Stephen Hunt and Adam Hammill, with only George Elokobi and the untried Jamie Reckord as cover.
In terms of signing replacements, Jackett said: "We will have to work hard, but if that comes about, we will be prepared.
"It's been very quiet this week, nothing has happened in or out.
"In terms of the Sako deal, there are still six weeks until the transfer deadline and the window closing."
As for Helan, Jackett said: "I'm not quite sure where we are with that – I have been working and concentrating on last night's game.
"Both Kevin Thelwell and Jez Moxey will have a better idea and I will speak to the people back at Wolves to see exactly where we are in relation to that deal."
Wolves' players were in the swimming pool this morning cooling off after last night's game, when 22 players played 45 minutes each.
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