Boubacar Traore First Training Session with Wolverhampton Wanderers
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Report: Boubacar Traore needs only a handful of appearances to turn Wolves loan move permanent

Boubacar Traore was Wolves’ final signing of the summer transfer window.

The midfielder from Mali was an eleventh-hour addition on transfer deadline day, following the sale of Leander Dendoncker to Aston Villa.

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A few supporters showed concern at around teatime as there was still no replacement for the Belgium international.

But news of an agreement over Traore dropped with a couple of hours to go, and Wolves officials flew out to France to finalise the deal.

Wolves got the deal over the line, confirming the signing shortly after midnight.

Many fans are really excited to see what Traore can bring to the table.

Supposedly he is a really solid, tenacious midfielder who is a great ball-winner and doesn’t mind a pop at goal from distance.

It remains to be seen if he will be able to break into Wolves’ midfield and break up the Portuguese trident of Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Joao Moutinho. Realistically, it’s the latter he has the best chance of replacing.

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Wolves’ deal for Traore is actually a loan move.

But The Athletic have reported this morning that it will only take a handful of appearances for Traore to become a permanent player at Molineux.

They say it is ‘almost certain’ to become a permanent player, with Wolves set to pay just shy of £10 million to FC Metz.

Traore is set to sign a four-year deal, with the option for a further 12 months.

Wolves clearly feel confident about Boubacar Traore as report makes permanent transfer claim

Wolves inserting a clause that will allow them to sign Traore automatically clearly indicates they feel very confident about his ability and potential.

Bruno Lage handed him his debut against Manchester City before the international break, and he looked quite tidy during his brief cameo.

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He certainly didn’t look out of place, and he will surely start to become more involved moving forwards.

Right now, the youngster has a good chance to become a starter.

Moutinho, as much as Lage loves him, isn’t quite at the same level as Neves and Nunes at the moment.

So there is potential for the starlet to perhaps be used in rotation with the veteran.