Wolves tried to sign Lille defender Sven Botman during the summer transfer window.

The Telegraph reported that Wolves made a £25 million deadline day swoop for the central defender.

Lille were apparently holding out for £35 million, and the deal didn’t get done.

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Botman has given an interview to Algemeen Dagblad, where he discussed not making the move to Molineux during the summer.

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“No (I’m not disappointed), I’m too happy at Lille for that,” he said. “I play at the top of French football. The Champions League is about to start. 

“That’s good for me too. Sometimes opportunities come along you might want to go for. I’m in no rush – but I was open to (a move).


“I’m really looking forward to (the Champions League) because this is a stage on which I want to show myself.”

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Wolves could have offered Botman the chance to shine in the most competitive league in the world.

But they couldn’t offer him European football, and the Champions League is a distant ambition at best right now.

That said, it does seem the Wolves project is one which interests Botman, given it was reported he had all but agreed to join them, and the issue was the asking price.

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