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Kevin Thelwell: Wolves confident of landing top transfer targets

By Matt Maher | Wolves | Published:

Sporting director Kevin Thelwell claims Wolves remain confident of landing their top transfer targets this summer.

Kevin Thelwell (right) with Wolves chairman Jeff Shi.

Wolves are yet to make a new signing and Thelwell admits patience is required, as the club aim to add players who can help them improve on last season’s seventh placed finish in the Premier League.

Wholesale changes are unlikely, in terms of both comings and goings, with head coach Nuno Espirito Santo keen to make only small tweaks to his squad.

That is despite the potential for a significantly increased number of matches, due to Wolves’s participation in the Europa League.

Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker will officially become Wolves players on Monday - and technically the club's first signings of the summer - having both spent their first year at Molineux on loan.

Discussing potential transfers, Thelwell said: “As always, we’re working away. We’ve been doing preparation work for a long period now.

“Of course, sometimes you’re governed by what the market looks like. That sometimes goes a bit slower than everybody would want.

“We need to be judged when the transfer window closes because it is all about securing the right player that’s going to be able to help us going forward for a long period.

“We’d all want it to be done much earlier, but it never works out that way. We’re working very hard and we’re confident we’ll secure the right players to help us this season.”

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He continued: “We’re not expecting a huge amount of movement in or out, truth be known. I think we’ve got a very strong and solid group of players, and we want to build on the momentum and cohesion we’ve already got, and Nuno’s been very focused on that.

“Wholesale changes are not on the agenda, it’s small tweaks to allow us to keep the squad nice and fresh moving forwards.”

Wolves are far from the only top flight club yet to add to their ranks, with the market having remained relatively quiet to this point.

Thelwell said: “For whatever reason, everybody makes statements about going early, but they never do. You need some movement for things to open up and create opportunities for you to sign players.

“All I can say is we’re working really hard on it, we’re trying to get the players in as quickly as we possibly can, but without panicking, we need to be nice and patient at this stage and recognise it’s about securing the right players, rather than just securing players.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star

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