Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are expected to keep an eye on Wolves winger Adama Traore in the coming weeks.
The Spanish winger is now into the last six months of his contract at Molineux.
The club have previously offered him fresh terms. But up to now he has been reluctant to sign.
Julen Lopetegui has already said that he would like to keep Traore around.
The player has really enjoyed life under Lopetegui so far, saying recently (via Birmingham Mail): “He’s changed everything; the way to play, the way he talks, the way he talks to the players and the staff and everyone inside of the club. But our focus is to believe in him and follow his plan.”
Many Wolves fans are hoping that the managerial change at the club might be something that leads to Traore changing his mind about signing a new deal.
But while the situation is as it is, there will be speculation.
And according to journalist Dean Jones, Leeds and Spurs are watching on.
He told Give me Sport: “In terms of Adama Traore, it’s looking to me that he’ll probably see out the rest of the season at Wolves and take things from there. But I think both Leeds and Tottenham will keep an eye on his situation just in case Wolves do make signings this month that impacts him.
“The feeling at the moment is that he’ll stay but again, that can change.”
So far under Lopetegui Traore has played in every game. But he has only started once – against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
The head coach has mainly turned to Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-chan in the wide areas.
Wolves must retain Adama Traore, his potential to turn games is huge
Traore has been finding starts hard to come by so far under Lopetegui. But he’s still featured fairly prominently.
In the games against Gillingham, Manchester United, Aston Villa, he came on at half-time. So there’s been plenty of opportunity for him.
Wanderers simply have to keep the player beyond January. Hopefully he won’t want to push for an exit.
Ultimately, Traore is someone that has the potential to do something special.
Yes he can frustrate, and no his end product still isn’t where he needs to be.
But it could down to the wire this season for Wolves.
There is no point in offloading him this month, when he could play a big part in helping Wolves pull away from danger.