Wolves midfielder Joe Hodge could be set for a loan move if the club complete a move for Joao Gomes.
At the moment, the situation is that Wanderers are still hopeful of signing the Brazil before the end of the month.
The club originally had an offer accepted for Gomes.
But then Lyon came in with a slightly higher offer, and Flamengo have been keen to do business with the French club.
But by many accounts, Gomes wants to join Wolves, which is putting pressure on Flamengo.
It remains to be seen if Wolves can get the deal done. And on the latest Express & Star podcast, journalist Liam Keen said that Hodge could be in line for a loan move if Gomes does come to Molineux.
He said: “If they do bring Joao Gomes in, Joe Hodge is most likely going to go on loan. They would need a decision with Gomes, to allow themselves the time to get Hodge the right kind of loan as well, for him to have game time and development.”
Hodge has enjoyed a breakthrough with the Wolves first-team this season.
He was handed his debut back in October against Chelsea.
So far, he has made 10 appearances and has impressed with with his tenacity and technical quality.
Six of those 10 appearances have come under Julen Lopetegui, who showed right from the off that he likes the player. On his first day at Compton, Lopetegui told the youngster he thought he played well against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup.
Last week, Hodge signed a new contract at Molineux as a reward for his recent efforts.
Joe Hodge loan would be the right decision by Wolves if Joao Gomes comes in
It would make sense for Wolves to get Hodge out on loan if it’s looking like Gomes will indeed be joining.
At the moment, there is a lot of competition in midfield.
Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes are pretty much guaranteed starters.
Then there’s Joao Moutinho who is still an important player for Wanderers. Mario Lemina has just come in from Nice, and Boubacar Traore will be coming back from his injury next month.
Lopetegui also has people who can play in the number 10 position, like Daniel Podence, Pablo Sarabia and Matheus Cunha.
Gomes coming in would likely see Hodge’s minutes completely dry up. So a loan move would definitely make sense.