Wolves scout Copa America as Kenny Jackett admits Idrissa Sylla interest

Wolves have extended their player search to South America and scouted the Copa America – as boss Kenny Jackett admitted interest in Anderlecht's Idrissa Sylla.


The Molineux hierarchy want to leave no stone unturned in their hunt for bargain buys to boost a promotion bid next season.

Recruitment chief Kevin Thelwell travelled to take in games during the tournament, which saw Chile retain their crown by beating Argentina in the final.

It was held outside the continent for the first time this year, with the United States hosting the tournament.

Wolves also sent scouts to the under-21 Toulon tournament in France last month.

However fans may be concerned by a lack of signings in what boss Kenny Jackett sees as a hugely important summer in the transfer market.

Wolves have two months to finalise their squad and only Andy Lonergan, likely to be back-up keeper to Carl Ikeme, has arrived so far.

Jackett again stressed business must be done soon.

"We want to get players in earlier rather than later," he said.

"Kevin Thelwell and the recruitment department have been working very hard.

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"We know we want to get to a better balanced group than we had in the second half of last season.

"The summer is a chance to come out with a well balanced squad.

"We want to have a side that is competitive, has a good knowledge of the division and is a well balanced group that can sustain problems of a football season without the emergency loan window."

Wolves are believed to have lodged a £2.3m bid for striker Sylla, but work permit issues and the fact Anderlecht have recently appointed a new manager are hindrances to a quick deal.

Jackett, who denied a bid had been made for Fulham's Matt Smith, said: "He's certainly a player we've looked at, yes, he has been on our radar.

"There's been quite a number. Some have done very well in the European Championship as well.

"It's interesting to see how coming out of that competition their stock either falls or grows, perhaps potentially past us.

"There's been a high number of players discussed, definitely."

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