Wolves are set to seek permission from Reading to speak to manager Brian McDermott after identifying the 50-year-old as a prime candidate to replace the sacked Mick McCarthy, Press Association Sport understands.

The midlands club have altered their stance after initially stating Premier League experience was a vital ingredient for any possible successor to Mick McCarthy.

Former Sunderland, Wigan and Birmingham boss Steve Bruce remains a contender after holding initial talks with Wolves owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey on Friday. But McDermott is now at the forefront of Wolves' plans although they have denied speculation claiming they have already held talks with the former Arsenal player.

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