Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given an update on the contract situation surrounding forward Adama Traore.
The Spaniard’s future at Molineux was certainly in doubt for a large part of this past summer, with noted transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming that he was ‘the priority’ for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham Hotspur, just in case Harry Kane left the club for Manchester City, whilst other reports claimed that Wolves were preparing for a £45m bid for Traore’s services.
However, with no bids coming in and the 25-year-old staying at Molineux for the foreseeable future, it appears as though the club want to tie him down for the long run, with reports suggesting that a new contract is in the works.
Speaking on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, Keen discussed the situation and claimed that there was no significant progress just yet, but that the club felt like a deal wouldn’t be too far away:
“There’s no sort of ‘latest’ at the moment. The way that these negotiations happen, it doesn’t all happen in a day – not everyone gets around a table and puts it all together and signs it there and then, particularly at this level.
“It’s more likely now than it was before the window ended, I’ll put it that way.
“So as far as I’m aware, I don’t think the club are hoping it’s going to take too long. But yeah, a bit of patience is needed. He’s been away on international break, there’s a lot of dialogue to go through a lot of people, it takes a bit of time. But provided everything goes well, I think they’re hoping to have it tied up fairly soon. So we’ll hopefully keep an eye out for an update on that.”
TIF Thoughts on Liam Keen’s comments about Adama Traore at Wolves…
Do you think that Wolves should sell Traore?
Yes, make some money from him
No, keep him
Signing Traore to a new contract is something that Wolves could be doing for one of two reasons.
It’s either to protect his value and make sure they can get a decent fee for him should they wish to sell him, because with less than two years left on his deal, he’s approaching that time where the club could be forced to sell him for less than they might want in order to avoid losing him on a free in the not-too-distant future.
The other is because they want him to stay long-term and help get the club back on track after something of a slump last year. You just hope that he’s able to repay them with better performances down the road, because his form in the season just gone would indicate that he certainly isn’t deserving of one.
But hopefully, a new deal will give him the motivation to find the back on the net on a more consistent basis. Perhaps they should put in a pretty sizeable goal bonus into the deal to give him the boost he needs to start scoring more often.