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Nuno 'totally confident' of Wolves signings

Nuno Espirito Santo is ‘totally confident’ that Wolves will sign the players they want before the August 9 transfer deadline.

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It’s been a slow summer so far with Wolves only completing deals for former loanees Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker – two deals that were signed off during 2017/18.

Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa and Kortney Hause have been allowed to leave the club.

But Nuno, speaking at Wednesday's pre-match press conference, said: “We have time. We have to work and take the right decisions and do it, this is what we have to do. I’m totally confident.

“(Any delay) has to do with all the things that happen in the transfer window, there was Copa America, the African Cup of Nations, Under-20 World Cup, Under-21 European Championship, all these things have delay (impacts).

“The more expected aspect is the player has to be the right one, he has to have something different that we don’t have – that requires time, analysis, good decisions. This is the right way to do it.”

Wolves return to European competition tonight when they take on Northern Irish outfit Crusaders in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Captain Conor Coady can’t wait for a big Molineux night in front of a packed house.

“It’s a huge game for Crusaders coming to Molineux but it’s also a huge game for us,” he said.

“From a player’s point of view (the European qualifiers) are better than friendlies.

“We’re happy it’s starting earlier, these are the games we want to play. We’ve prepared right.

“We respect the opponent, we’ll look at what they’re good at and what we can exploit.

“We’ve prepared right in previous seasons, we’re starting earlier this year and we need to make sure we’re ready.”

Coady said the Wolves players were all well aware of the club's prestigious history in European football and had all visited the Molineux museum.

"They know how big the club is and more importantly where we want to be in the future," he added.

"I think that's the most important thing, not to look past the triumphs Wolves have had, more importantly that the boys want to improve this club going forward."