Wolves are reportedly going to turn Boubacar Traore’s loan move to Molineux permanent, with clauses close to being met.
Wanderers brought Traore in from FC Metz on deadline day in the summer window.
It was touch and go at one point, following the sale of Leander Dendoncker to Aston Villa earlier in the day.
But Wolves got it over the line, with officials flying to France to complete a medical for the midfielder.
Since signing for Wolves, Traore has gradually become a bit more involved.
The youngster is now knocking on the door to become a regular starter, having put in some impressive cameo appearances over the last couple of months or so.
His best moment came in Wolves’ win over Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.
Traore scored the winner with a lovely first-time hit from the edge of the penalty area to sink the Whites at Molineux.
Wolves struck a loan deal with Metz, and the contract included some clauses that would allow Traore to turn his move to Molineux permanent automatically if met.
The Express & Star have reported that Wolves are now set to sign Traore for £9.5 million.
One of the clauses is thought to be based on appearances Traore makes, and apparently it is a very low number.
He has already clocked up nine appearances for the club, and apparently it is a matter of when not if.
This follows an early claim from the Athletic that there was a strong chance Traore’s move become permanent.
Boubacar Traore looks like a very good prospect for Wolves, as report claims he’s set to turn move permanent
Wolves look to have a gem on their hands with Traore.
He’s the kind of signing Wolves have needed to make for a long time, and brings that dynamism, mobility and ball-winning ability. And of course, as we saw against Leeds, he’s not half-bad shooting from the edge of the box.
Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho are both technicians so Traore coming in as been refreshing.
It would be really good to see Traore break into Wolves’ starting XI and become a regular in the second half of the season.
Perhaps that’s something Lopetegui will look to try and do and gradually phase Moutinho out.