Wolves: 60-cap star's exit would be a 'big loss at Molineux'

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Wolverhampton Wanderers will suffer a heavy blow if Romain Saiss walks away from Molineux as a free agent in the summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The West Midlanders are going into the final stages of the campaign looking to cement their position in the Premier League’s top eight – and potentially stage a late push for a European qualification spot – but there is still uncertainty as to whether Saiss will be at the club next season.

What’s the latest news involving Saiss?

As things stand, Saiss has entered the final weeks of his Wolves career as the central defender’s £28,000-per-week contract is set to expire at the end of next month.

Saiss’ current employers have attempted to tie him down to fresh terms, but he has admitted he will walk away from Molineux unless an agreement is reached before the season reaches its climax.

The 32-year-old is reportedly increasingly likely to move onto pastures new in a matter of weeks, ending a near six-year stint with the Premier League side.

Saiss has been on Wolves’ books since joining from French side Angers in August 2016, but it seems he has a host of suitors waiting to pounce.

According to French media outlet L’Equipe, Real Betis, Villarreal, Wolfsburg, Marseille, Lyon, Rennes and Strasbourg are all keen on acquiring the Moroccan’s services, while clubs in Turkey have also shown an interest.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about Saiss?

O’Rourke believes it would come as a body-blow if Saiss were to leave Wolves without the club gaining a penny.

The journalist feels head coach Bruno Lage will have to fork out sizeable sums in order to find an ideal replacement in the transfer market.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “To lose him on a free transfer would be a big loss for Wolves.

“It wouldn’t be easy to replace him either because you’re probably going to have to spend big money to find a replacement for him as well. I think Wolves will be sad to see Saiss go.”

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How has Saiss performed for Wolves?

Saiss helped Wolves back into the Premier League by winning the Championship title and he has gone from strength to strength in the top flight.

The centre-half has chalked up more than 200 appearances for the club, becoming a regular member of the West Midlands outfit’s backline, and clearly made a lasting impression on Lage following his appointment last summer.

Lage has previously described the 60-cap Morocco international as a ‘very important player’, so it is clear that the Portuguese would rather see Saiss remain at Molineux.

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