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Wolves target Manchester United's James Wilson

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Manchester United striker James Wilson is believed to be on Wolves' shortlist as Kenny Jackett lines up his striker targets this summer.


Wilson has long been on Wolves' radar and is thought to be available for a loan move to the Championship again next season.

The 20-year-old spent six months on loan at Brighton last season, scoring five goals in 25 appearances.

However, he found himself on the bench towards the end of the campaign in Brighton ultimately failed push for automatic promotion – with Tomer Hemed and Sam Baldock preferred up front – and 14 of his Seagulls appearances came as a substitute.

United want Wilson to start more often next season – and Wolves would fit the bill.

Wolves were in for Wilson last November before a deal was reached between the Red Devils and Brighton.

And they now look set to revive that interest – although any move is unlikely to happen anytime soon with Jose Mourinho yet to assess his squad having only just taken over at Old Trafford.

Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong has also been on Wolves' list but with the Magpies now in the Championship it is unlikely they will loan him to a rival.

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is, however, thought to be available for a move to the second tier.

Wolves won't be short of competition for Wilson, who despite an indifferent end to his Brighton loan is very highly rated at Old Trafford.

The England Under-21 international has already made 20 appearances for United's first team and they have no plans to sell him.

Meanwhile, another player Wolves have scouted, Southend midfielder Jack Payne, is on the verge of joining Championship rivals Huddersfield Town.

The 21-year-old is out of contract at Roots Hall, although Southend are entitled to compensation.

Boss Phil Brown said: "Jack Payne's possibly going to Huddersfield."

Another Wolves target, Charlton goalkeeper Nick Pope, has been the subject of a bid from Premier League new-boys Burnley.

The Addicks have rejected the bid but Burnley look set to return with another offer.

They want him as back-up for Tom Heaton, and with Wolves unable to offer Pope guaranteed first-team football he may be out of their reach.