Toti Gomes is training with Wolves during the winter break at his loan club Grasshoppers.

A report from Portuguese outlet Record has claimed that Bruno Lage is taking a closer look at the defender on the training pitch.

They say that Toti could remain at Molineux beyond the end of the January transfer window if he impresses Lage, who is short on central defenders at present.

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Lage has also said ahead of the FA Cup clash with Sheffield United that he does still want a new centre-half through the door to bolster his options.

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That report does go against what Scott Sellars said earlier this week when discussing Toti’s situation after his return to Wolverhampton.

“This is a good opportunity to bring a young player, who has been doing well out in Switzerland, back so we can have a look at him. Toti will train with the first-team, which we hope will really benefit him.

“Although he’s a Wolves player, he’s always been out on loan, so it’s an opportunity for him to come into the pack, have a look at the club, meet everybody, and see what it’s all about. The Swiss league doesn’t restart until the end of January, so this is a good opportunity for Toti and Wolves.

“Barring any new Covid-19 or injury issues here, we expect him to return to Switzerland at the end of January.”

Sellars did say that the plan is to send him back, but the nature of his comments did slightly leave the door open for him to remain.

It may depend on whether Wolves do sign a new senior central defender, because that would of course have a major impact on Toti’s hopes of gametime at Molineux.

It would still be a surprise at this moment in time if Toti did not go back to Grasshoppers as planned, but he does now have the chance to impress Lage close up and it seems there is some degree of flexibility in his situation.

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