Wolves hope to finally offload Roger Johnson

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Wolves were today hoping to finally see the back of Roger Johnson as they looked set to put their striker search on hold to the loan window.

The unwanted defender seems bound for a Molineux exit before tonight's 11pm transfer deadline, with a possible move to Europe after Genk were linked.

Johnson has been frozen out since the early days of Kenny Jackett's reign in June 2013 and had loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham last season.

But he has been back at the club since May with Wolves desperately trying to offload him.

Now that chance looks to have come and he can join fellow 'group three' members Stephen Ward, Jamie O'Hara and Tongo Doumbia having left the club in the last two weeks.

But there is no update on fellow outcasts Kevin Doyle and Kevin Foley.

Meanwhile, Wolves may be forced to put their striker search on hold to the loan window as they prepared to admit defeat in their chase for Andy Delort.

The French striker is set to be confirmed as a Wigan player today after Wolves had a "considerable" bid – believed to be around £1m - rejected for him by FC Tours.

Delort was paraded on the pitch at Wigan before their 4-0 win against Birmingham on Saturday.


"We put a considerable bid in for Andy Delort but we weren't able to close that deal," said head coach Jackett.

Jackett is still keen on Leicester's Chris Wood, and the former Albion striker was an unused substitute in yesterday's 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

Nouha Dicko has backed Wolves to bring in a new striker – even though it will be competition for him after getting off the mark in Saturday's 3-1 win against Blackburn.

"A club of Wolves size and ambition will always be looking to bring in quality players," he said.


"The best answer for me is to play well and that's what I've done."

Meanwhile, Jackett revealed he replaced Rajiv van La Parra at half-time by James Henry to save him from a possible sending off.

"I felt Rajiv with a booking and then a foul just before he came in for half time made it tough for him and going down to 10 men would have been crucial," said the boss.

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