Wolves set to immediately replace the outgoing Ruben Vinagre

Ruben Vinagre

Wolverhampton Wanderers head into their clash against Fulham this weekend in desperate need of a pick me up. 

They haven't won since the opening day of the season and their defeat versus West Ham was nothing short of a mess.

Wolves and the Hammers had witnessed completely different transfer windows.

While Nuno Santo's men went out and broke their transfer record to land Fabio Silva, the Irons have struggled to bring in new faces.

They've only made two additions and face a race against time to improve their squad.

It's funny how football works. Wolves spent more but still lost to David Moyes' side. 

Nuno admitted this week that he didn't expect any further incomings in the window, but that has changed in the last 24 hours.

Nuno Santo

Wolves guru Tim Spiers took to Twitter on Friday evening to reveal some rather surprising news about the Midlands outfit. 

He tweeted

"Ruben Vinagre is set to leave Wolves, looks like he's off to Olympiakos."

Spiers then added: "I'm told Wolves will sign French left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri, aged 19, from Angers to replace Vinagre in the squad. Loan deal with an option to buy." 

Wolves have already brought in two full-backs this summer in the shape of Marcal and Ki-Jana Hoever so there is currently a huge overhaul of the wing-back department.

Vinagre has previously been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona. This piece of news, therefore, comes as a bit of a shock. 

Ruben Vinagre vs West Ham

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

This is a huge shame for Wolves and you can't help but feel as though it might be a bit of a mistake. 

Vinagre may have struggled for game time at Molineux but he has an enormously high ceiling - you don't attract the eyes of Barcelona without having something about you.

The Portuguese is one of the most promising defenders in the country and has even been touted by some of their supporters to win the Ballon d'Or when he's older.

A move to Olympiacos shows that his career has fallen off rather. 

Ruben Vinagre vs West Ham

That being said, signing a player as young as Ait-Nouri as his replacement certainly isn't a bad idea. 

The Frenchman broke through at Angers last season and went onto start 16 games in Ligue 1, creating two assists in the process.

Coincidentally, Ait-Nouri looks more adept in defensive scenarios than Vinagre too. He won more aerial duels and tackles a match, all while completing more interceptions per game than the talented Portugal youth international. 

Perhaps Wolves are getting an upgrade here? 

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