It is a year to the day since the summer transfer window of 2020 slammed shut.

The delayed start to the Premier League season shifted the timeline of the transfer market.

We reported at the time that Wolves wanted to tie down Adama Traore, after Raul Jimenez and Conor Coady agreed fresh terms.

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Wolves officials were apparently keen to crack on with negotiations after a summer where they warded off interest in the Spanish international.

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Sound familiar? A year to the day later, and Wolves are still in the same situation.

There were reports last week that steps forward had been made in negotiations over a new deal.

Bruno Lage seems confident that a deal will get done, and it is fair to say his attacking brand of football suits Traore more than Nuno Espirito Santo’s more reactive style did.

 

But Wolves are still in that same situation, looking to ensure that if Traore does leave, it has to be for mega-money because of his new contract.

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Hwang Hee-Chan’s arrival has lowered the dependency on Traore to make things happen.

He’s been on the bench for the last two matches, and Hwang has shown the composure in front of goal that Traore often lacks.

Traore, Hwang and Jimenez in attack could be mouth-watering, but perhaps Lage isn’t make the Spaniard too central to his plans until he commits his future.

It’s a situation which has rumbled on for three transfer windows now and still needs sorting.

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