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Wolves transfer news: Lopetegui willing to offload Ait-Nouri

Julen Lopetegui is reportedly willing to offload Rayan Ait-Nouri this month, amid interest from Real Betis.

Estadio Deportivo are reporting the Spanish outfit are interested in the 21-year-old, as well as Sergio Akieme of Almeria.

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They are bracing to lose Alex Moreno, who is supposedly on the verge of joining Aston Villa. A £12 million agreement is said to be close (Daily Mail).

The report seems to suggest there is a reasonable chance of a deal happening. There is confidence on their side that they can sign the former Angers youngster.

The timing of this claim is quite interesting.

Ait-Nouri is perhaps showing his best form at the moment for Wolves.

He’s made some really big impacts off the bench in recent weeks, scoring goals against Gillingham and Everton.

And at the weekend he made his first start under Lopetegui against Liverpool.

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And he was one of the standout performers for Wanderers, featuring in a more advanced left wing position.

So the idea of Lopetegui being open to offloading him is a difficult one to accept.

Julen Lopetegui surely doesn’t want to offload Rayan Ait-Nouri after the last few weeks

This is an extremely bold claim from Estadio Deportivo.

Ait-Nouri is really proving his worth right now following a slow start to the season.

He may not have been starting games regularly lately. But his contributions have been important off the bench, and then his showing at Anfield was very impressive.

It is hard to imagine Lopetegui giving the green light to Ait-Nouri leaving.

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The £10,000-a-week star has just won Player of the Month for December.

It would truly be a ludicrous decision by Wolves to offload a player that has proven he can make a difference in games.

Wolves need difference-makers if they are to successfully pull away from danger this season.