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Report: Wolves tried to sign Boubacar Traore in January

Wolves reportedly attempted to sign Boubacar Traore back in January of this year – but could not agree terms with FC Metz.

The talented 21-year-old became Wolves’ final signing of the 2022 summer window.

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The club moved for the youngster after taking the decision to sell Leander Dendoncker.

It was touch and go at one point. But news that an agreement had been reached came with around two hours left in the window, and officials had flown out to France to get medical tests done and contracts signed. He signed on loan, with the club holding a £10 million purchase fee.

Since coming to the club, Traore has made one appearance.

He came on against Manchester City in the last game before the international break, putting in a decent cameo performance.

Fans are excited to see what Traore can bring at Molineux.

The club have high hopes for him, and The Athletic have today brought a report about the club’s pursuit of the player.

It is claimed that Wanderers actually received a tip-off about Traore from a trusted contact about a year ago. The contact had suggested the club to take a look at three players, including the Malian midfielder.

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Wolves scouts had known about the two other players, but weren’t so informed on Traore.

The scouting process then began, and Traore quickly impressed.

Supposedly, Wolves scouts use an A-D system to determine the level of young players, with ‘A’ players ready for the first-team and ‘D’ players not worth further scouting.

Traore was apparently a ‘B’ level player.

In the end, Wolves pushed to actually sign Traore in the last January window.

But they could not agree a fee with Metz, who were struggling in the league and eventually went on to be relegated.

Wolves got their man in the end, as report claims club tried to sign Boubacar Traore in January

One wonders if Traore might have made a difference to Wolves’ 2021/22 season had he joined the club in January.

Perhaps it would have been unlikely given his status as a young player.

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But Wolves clearly rate him very highly.

Thankfully the club did eventually get their man and the star now has to work hard to break into that starting XI.

With Joao Moutinho sadly looking like he is on the wane at the moment, there is a chance for him to become a regular.