With Wolves returning to the Championship for the 2014/15 season, Kenny Jackett is aiming to bolster his attacking options by signing Leicester City’s Chris Wood or Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford.
Ultimately, Wolves are likely to kick-off the season against Norwich City with the strike-partnership of Nouha Dicko and Leon Clarke.
Dicko has grabbed 13 goals in 19 appearances since joining Wolves, as his telepathic partnership with Bakary Sako saw Wolves thump everyone in front of them last season. Additionally, Clarke has scored five goals in just four first-halves during pre-season which has automatically made him the star of the show.
Other attacking options include Kevin Doyle, who was outcasted as part of the Wolves “Bomb Squad” that recently played against AFC Telford. Wolves fielded £17 million worth of talent in the Under-21 pre-season game, in order to parade the players that they aim to offload.
Roger Johnson, Jamie O’Hara, Stephen Ward, Razak Boukari, Georg Margreitter, Tongo Doumbia and Doyle have all been told that they are no longer part of Jackett’s plans, therefore any club who wants to cough up the money will be duly accepted. Furthermore, the collective group drain almost £130,000 per-week from the club through wages.
Also, highly-rated Republic of Ireland international Liam McAlinden is being chased by Bristol City, as they look to fill the void left behind by the imminent departure of Sam Baldock. However, McAlinden is contracted to play for Wolves until 2016, and Jackett has claimed that McAlinden will have a chance to break into the starting line-up at Molineux next season.
Nevertheless, Wolves need to fill the void left behind by Doyle, prior to the start of the season. Unsurprisingly, the services of Bamford are being chased by several Championship clubs. After spending the second-half of last season at Derby County, the Rams are intent on loaning him for an entire season.
Furthermore, newly-promoted Premier League sides Burnley and QPR have stated their interest in the Chelsea starlet. Consequently, Bamford will need to decide whether he wants to join the squad that dominated League One last season, rejoin Steve McClaren at Derby, or join a club that is aiming to scrape survival in the Premier League.
When asked about Bamford and Wood, Jackett told Sky Sports: “Sometimes there’s a reluctance to drop out of the Premier League and into the Championship too early when there’s an opportunity.”
“So they have to see where they are at their particular club before they turn their attention further down.”
To conclude, Jackett signing Bamford on-loan would be an unbelievable steal considering the status of the clubs in contention. Moreover, the last time Bamford played at Molineux he scored two goals against Jackett’s men and sent MK Dons home with all three-points. Wolves fans will be hoping that the club eliminate any repeat-performances by signing him for themselves.
With regards to Wood, the Express and Star have claimed that Wolves are preparing a £2 million bid for the Leicester striker, although the club wouldn’t reject a season-long loan-deal.