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Jeff Shi comments make no Sven Botman transfer hard to accept

Wolverhampton Wanderers finished the summer transfer window without signing a new central defender.

The club brought in Yerson Mosquera at the start of the summer.

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And many had hoped a more experienced option would follow the Colombian through the door.

But that would not be the case, despite heavy speculation on deadline day.

One name that was linked a lot in the final days of the window was Sven Botman.

The Lille star was said to be of interest to Wolves, but it was reported the French club wanted around £35 million for the Dutchman.

Jeff Shi has conducted an interview with The Athletic, and it just seems that maybe a deal could/should have happened.

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He said: “For example, we wanted a top centre-back, but if we couldn’t find a deal for one better than Boly, Mosquera, Conor Coady, Max Kilman or Romain Saiss, why sign them?

“The truth is, it’s hard to buy one ‘top’ player, convincing a player to come, convincing a club to let the player come.”

Shi also added that ‘the budget wasn’t an issue’.

These remarks make it hard to accept that a move for Botman was not facilitated, given the clear need for one more centre-back.

He was a standout performer last season for Lille as they surged to the Ligue 1 title with the best defensive record in the division.

He may only be 21, but Botman is clearly already excelling and will likely develop into a top centre-back.

Should Wolves have pushed harder?

If the £35 million asking price is true then, admittedly that is a lot of money to pay.

But he is a better defender than Coady and Saiss at least.

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Perhaps Wolves could have seen about spreading payments over a number of years if he was slightly out of their budget.

Shi’s latest comments do make it difficult to accept that Botman was not brought in.