Tottenham continue talks as Wolves vow to ‘protect’ Adama Traore


Tottenham have yet to finalize a deal for Wolves winger Adama Traore, who will travel with the Midlands club for their match at Brentford on Saturday.

Spurs are keen to sign the 25-year-old Spain international and reportedly saw a £15million offer rejected earlier this week.

But the PA news agency understands talks are still ongoing as the London club finally try to land a player they also attempted to sign in the summer.

Traore, who is out of contract next summer and will not renew at Molineux, has been identified as a target by general manager of football Fabio Paratici, with boss Antonio Conte intending to turn him into a right-back.

Despite speculation, Traore is part of the Wolves squad traveling to London for Saturday’s Premier League game.

Boss Bruno Lage said: “We have a top player with us, a lovely guy.

“I remember how well Tottenham protected Harry Kane at the start of the season. And we will protect our player because we believe a lot in Adama.

“It’s business. It’s not my concern. But I will protect my players. The way they work, the value to me is very high.

“I don’t see any difference in his behavior, his mentality, his way of working. So I’m happy with him. He continues to be the same player.

“He has just one more year left. The club talks with him and he talks with them and they will decide the future. I’m happy with him, that’s the only thing I can say. He is focused, he is ready.

Asked if the uncertainty over Traore made it difficult to plan ahead, Lage added: “I’m not thinking about it, I’m just thinking about the next game.

“It will be a tough game and we are trying to prepare as well as possible because Brentford are a solid team to play against, especially at home.

“My attention and my concentration are always on the next game and I don’t wonder if Adama stays with us or not. For now, he is with us so I am preparing the game with him.

Wolves will still be without injured players Jonny Castro Otto, Pedro Neto (both knees), Willy Boly (calf), Hwang Hee-chan and Yerson Mosquera (both hamstrings) on Saturday.

Defender Romain Saiss remains with Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations but Lage will be boosted by the return of midfielder Ruben Neves and Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever, who are both back from Covid isolation -19.

The Portuguese has confirmed that Spain defender Otto and midfielder Bruno Jordao are back in training, while striker Neto hopes to be back in around two weeks.

Wolves, eighth in the table, have dropped just two points in their last four Premier League games and are six points behind fourth-placed West Ham with two games less.


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