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Trialist Hogan Ephraim awaits Wolves verdict

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Wolves will decide the future of QPR trialist Hogan Ephraim within 48 hours, it emerged today.

The 25-year-old Londoner, who is on the available list at Loftus Road, has been training with Wolves this week.

Head coach Kenny Jackett has watched the midfielder closely and is expected to make a final decision on the former West Ham graduate.

Kevin Thelwell, head of football development, said: "Hogan has been training with us for a few days now.

"We will spend another couple of days having a look at him and then take a decision as to whether to sign him or not.

"He's a wide player or attacking midfielder we have known about for a while and we wanted to have a close look at him.

"As for a fee, we haven't got to a stage where we have discussed that yet."

Having been capped by England at four age group levels up to and including under-19s and won a Championship title winner's medal in 2010-11, Archway-born Ephraim has a good pedigree.

After signing for QPR from West Ham for a reported fee of £800,000 in 2007, he played in 28 games in Rangers' race to the Premier League.

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He has made a total of 142 League appearances, 108 of them for QPR.

Ephraim has also had loan spells at Colchester, Leeds, Charlton, Bristol City and last season, Toronto in the MLS.

Meanwhile, Wolves have dismissed speculation that they are chasing Roda JC left-winger Guus Hupperts, 21. Thelwell and Jackett made a flying visit to Holland recently but their target was not Hupperts.

"I'm aware of him but he's not one we're even discussing," said Thelwell. "There's nothing in that."

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Meanwhile, Jackett admitted he faces a selection dilemma ahead of Friday's televised visit of Crawley.

New-boy Kevin McDonald is ready for his full debut but Jackett must balance that against changing a winning team.

"He's ready to play but the other side of it is the same team has just won back-to-back games," said Jackett.

Meanwhile, keeper Wayne Hennessey's month-long loan to Yeovil Town finally went through today after he overcame an injury worry.

The 26-year-old will be at Yeovil until September 21.

He was set to join the Championship club last week but the deal was put on hold after he tweaked his hamstring while on international duty with Wales. He returned to Molineux for treatment.

Hennessey has not played a senior game since April 2012 because of cruciate ligament problems.

And Wolves' Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against Walsall will be at Molineux on September 3 (7.45pm kick-off).

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