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Wolves news round-up: Afobe and Boly signed, Patricio interest and Sako return

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Wolves news round-up: Afobe and Boly signed, Patricio interest and Sako return

All the latest news and gossip from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Afobe and Boly done 

Wolves have confirmed the signings of striker Benik Afobe and defender Willy Boly on permanent £10 million deals. The duo were both on loan for the Championship winners last season.

Afobe rejoins Wolves after a move to Bournemouth in 2016 that saw him return to the Midlands side in January on loan following which he scored six goals in 17 games.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international joins permanently after the club triggered the activation clause in his loan agreement.

Centre back Boly has also signed permanently from FC Porto after the 27-year-old impressed on loan at Molineux.

He became a key figure at the back for manager Nuno Espírito Santo and even earnt himself a place in the 2017/18 Championship Team of the Year.

The confirmed additions are boosted by the permanent signing of Diego Jota, who completed his loan move from Atletico Madrid back in January, which promises a pre-season of intent from Nuno.

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Patricio interest

The future of Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio has come under question in recent weeks, and Wolves have taken an interest in the availability of the Portuguese keeper.

Gianluca di Marzio previously reported the club’s interest in the Portugal number one, but it was understood that Napoli had become the front-runners to sign the 30-year-old keeper.

 

However, a recent report from the Daily Mail suggests that Wolves are not giving up just yet for the keeper, who has a £30 million release clause in his contract.

The report claims that Nuno will attempt to hijack the move to Italy and will opt to persuade the 6ft 2 shot-stopper to move to Molineux.

Despite winning the golden glove last season, John Ruddy could face a potential fight for the number one spot next season if the reports are accurate.

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Sako return?

Wolves have been placed as the clear favourites to sign Crystal Palace winger and former Wolves hero Bakary Sako this summer.

Sako moved to the English capital with the Eagles in 2015. However, limited playing time has seen him linked with a move away from Selhurst Park.

The 30-year-old is out-of-contract in the summer and, as per Bet Victor‘s latest odds, the former France u21 international has been placed at 2/1 to return to Molineux.

The news will come as a positive to Wolves supporters, who saw Sako make 124 appearances to the club as well as help them win League One back in 2014.

Despite Wolves being the favourites, Nuno could opt to avoid the signing considering the injury troubles Sako has faced in recent seasons.

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