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Former Wolves target Edmond Tapsoba makes AFCON best XI

Following Romain Saiss’ exit with Morocco at the quarter-final stage, AFCON concluded on Sunday with Senegal edging out Egypt on penalties in the final to take their first ever title.

The game finished 0-0 after 90 minutes, with Sadio Mane having missed a penalty in the first-half.

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There was still no way through for either side in extra-time, meaning a tense penalty shootout would decide the victors.

And it was Senegal who would prevail, with Mane emphatically redeeming himself by scoring the winning spot-kick, with his Liverpool teammate Mo Salah left unable to take Egypt’s fifth kick.

It was a good and, at times, crazy tournament, and a number of players certainly caught the eye.

The official best XI has been released following Sunday’s final (via CAF official).

There is no place for Saiss, but a former Wolves transfer target did make it in.

Edmond Tapsoba of Burkina Faso was included, having helped his country reach the semi-final.

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They lost to Senegal, and then took on Cameroon in the 3rd/4th place play-off, which they lost on penalties.

Tapsoba, 23, was supposedly on Wolves’ transfer radar just under a year ago. The Daily Express had reported Wanderers had set their sights on the central defender, with a view to moving for him in the summer.

Of course, Wolves ended up having a quiet summer window. Yerson Mosquera was the only new centre-back to join the club.

It is believed the Bayer Leverkusen star has a £44 million release clause.

Tapsoba is known for being a good all-round centre-back, but is a particularly good ball-player. He supposedly counts Manchester City star John Stones as one of his idols (via Express).

Edmond Tapsoba looks the real deal, but fresh Wolves move is probably unlikely

Tapsoba undoubtedly had a great tournament in Cameroon.

He definitely showed his quality, but it’s probably a bit unlikely that Wolves will reignite their previous interest in him.

Performing well at AFCON is bound to lead to attention from other clubs.

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The more clubs that come in for him, in theory, the most expensive he will be.

Leverkusen could also simply refer suitors to that £44 million release clause, and it’s difficult to see Wolves moving to spend that much money on one player.

Willy Boly could well be moving on in the summer. But a successful swoop for Tapsoba would be a real surprise.