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Wolves want Ruben Vinagre back on loan

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Wolves hope to sign wing-back Ruben Vinagre on loan again next season, the Express & Star understands.

Ruben Vinagre (© AMA SPORTS PHOTO AGENCY)

The 19-year-old Portugal youth international played 13 times for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team in 2017/18, scoring one goal and producing some impressive performances.

It’s understood Wolves aren’t keen on a permanent deal yet but want another look at Monaco player Vinagre, who could provide back-up to Barry Douglas.

Wolves are also exploring the option of sub-loaning Vinagre for part of the season, something they did with Ola John and Joao Teixeira in 2016/17 when they joined Deportivo and Nottingham Forest respectively midway through their loan deals at Molineux.

Vinagre’s future is the last to be decided of six players who were on loan with Wolves last season.

Options to buy Alfred N’Diaye and Leo Bonatini aren’t being taken up.

Wolves bought Diogo Jota and Willy Boly for £13million and £10m respectively and of course bought and then sold Benik Afobe to make a quick £2m profit.

Pacey youngster Vinagre made all his Wolves league appearances in the first half of the season. His last game came in a 0-0 FA Cup draw against Swansea in which he was sent off.

Meanwhile, midfielder Ben Marshall has moved closer to exiting the club.

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Championship side Millwall are believed to have lodged a bid of around £1m for the 27-year-old, who impressed on loan at the Den last season. Wolves are keen to sell rather than loan Marshall.

Boss Neil Harris has hinted that the bid would break Millwall’s club record transfer fee, which stands at £800,000.

Harris told the South London Press: “We are admirers of Ben – he did really well.

“We have gone really strong for Ben, stronger than we ever have as a club, to try and move our club forward.”

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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