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Wolves risk losing Adama Traore to a club back in his native Spain after a reporter revealed the latest on the wide man’s future.

Traore has been a Wolves player since 2018, when they signed him from Middlesbrough. He coped well with the step up from the Championship to the Premier League. Indeed, his form was much improved from what he showed in his previous stint in the top flight with Aston Villa.

Traore has never been a particular goal getter, but has impressed with his dribbling ability and strength. As such, he has been linked with taking another step up in his career for a while.

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Even after a relatively disappointing 2020-21 season, Traore is still on the radar of a number of sides, who may believe they can secure him for a cheaper price. That belief would only be reinforced by the fact that his contract only runs until 2023.

Wolves are trying to tie him down to longer terms. If they fail to make progress on that front, they may have to sell him next year to avoid losing him for free at a later date.

The situation has alerted the likes of Liverpool, who are seeking to evolve their attack. After seeing the positive impact of ex-Wolves man Diogo Jota since his 2020 transfer, they could visit Molineux again in the market.

Jurgen Klopp is believed to be an admirer of Traore, who is consequently one of many options Liverpool are looking at to support their starting front three.

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However, Liverpool are not Traore’s only admirers. According to transfer journalist Ekrem Konur, Wolves will soon receive an offer from Valencia.

Such a transfer would take the former Barcelona academy graduate back to La Liga. He previously only made one appearance in the Spanish top flight.

But he is still well thought of back in his country of birth. In fact, he has made eight caps for Spain since 2020.

Valencia already have a few wingers at their disposal, but Traore would be a statement signing for a club that has had to lose some of their top talent due to financial issues in recent years.

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Up to the November international break, Valencia earned four wins, five draws and four defeats from their opening 13 games in La Liga. As a result, they are 10th in the table.

Having not finished in the European places since the 2018-19 season, Los Che will be hoping for improvements on the pitch and in the transfer market. Traore would be an interesting signing for them.

Wolves, Konur claims, hope to fend off the interest by giving Traore a three-year contract extension.

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But until he signs, speculation will continue about his future. Other suitors like Liverpool may be keeping tabs on the situation so they themselves don’t miss out on any opportunities.

Traore’s thoughts on his next move are not yet fully clear. It is understandable why he may be keeping his options open at present.


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Lage responds to Traore selection claim

Amid the uncertainty over his future, Traore had to settle for a place on the bench for Wolves’ game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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He came on in the second half. But it wasn’t enough to inspire any turnaround as Wolves suffered a 2-0 defeat.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage was asked about Traore in his post-match interviews. He responded to a question of whether the winger would have made a difference on the counter attack.

“That is the question every time,” Lage told Sky Sports. “When you look for the starting team we want, every time we have to take decisions.

“We play with Adama also against Leeds and we don’t have the chances to go in the transition. OK, I understand your question and for sure we think about it.”

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Lage also played down the idea that Traore was being left out under the direction of his superiors due to his contract situation stalling.

“No, no, no. I don’t know what happened before. But for sure I am 100 per cent free to take my decisions and that is my job,” he added.

“The personality I have, I don’t accept these kinds of things in my role. One thing is the contract and the other thing is my ideas. If I need him to play and to win games, I will put him in again.”

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Star’s Premier League return under threat as final suitors Crystal Palace back out of deal

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Aaron Ramsey could remain in Italy for the remainder of the season after final suitors Crystal Palace reportedly pulled out of the race to sign him.

Ramsey, 31, appeared set for a Premier League return when Juventus boss Max Allegri made the following admission: “Ramsey returned today after his leave to work in England, but he is an outgoing player.” But a transfer to England is now in jeopardy.

The central midfielder immediately became linked with Aston Villa, although they are pursuing other targets.

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Patrick Vieira put Crystal Palace in the mix to capture his services when he called Ramsey a ‘terrific player’.

Newcastle, Wolves and Burnley had also been keeping tabs on Ramsey’s situation. But he has left Juventus ‘irritated’ by refusing to join any of those three clubs.

The Eagles were the last team standing. But according to the Daily Mail, a transfer to Selhurst Park is off the table.

Ramsey’s signing is proving difficult to complete, leading Palace to search for alternative players in midfield.

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Aaron Ramsey wage causing problems

They are also wary of his huge wage demands – the Wales international currently earns an eye-watering £400,000 per week in Turin.

This is way out of Palace’s budget, and it would take lengthy negotiations to finalise an agreement.

The former Arsenal star is now facing an uncertain future. He is not part of Allegri’s plans, and has also struggled with muscle problems this campaign.

Ramsey’s contract expires next year, but he will likely push for a cut-price sale before then to get his career back on track.

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Vieira provides update on injuries and transfers

Meanwhile, Vieira has been speaking to the media ahead of Palace’s match against Liverpool on Sunday.

When asked for availabilities, the former midfielder said: “We still have James McArthur and James Tomkins who won’t take part tomorrow. Everyone else is good.

“Jordan Ayew took part in some training this morning so he will be available on Sunday.”

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When asked if striker Christian Benteke will be staying amid interest from Burnley, Vieira replied: “Yes. He will be at this football club. Christian loves this club and he’s part of what we’re trying to do.”

The manager also gave a transfer update. “We will try to improve the squad and this is a difficult period to find the right players,” he said. “We are working and trying to improve and if we can bring a couple of payers it’ll be good for the squad. If not, we’ll improve players individually to be better collectively.”

Palace drew 1-1 with Brighton in their last outing. Conor Gallagher capped a great team move by finishing past Robert Sanchez in the 69th minute, but the Seagulls got a late equaliser.

On his team’s goal, Vieira added: “They reflect the way we want to play. We know it’s difficult to do it often or for 95 minutes. But at least we have an identity about how we want to play.

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“The other side of the game is defending well and we need to improve that to win more games.”

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Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has insisted that his side’s takeover does not mean they can suddenly splash the cash to improve their squad.

This season’s January window will prove pivotal for the Magpies as they look to stay in the Premier League. Indeed, dropping down to the Championship would prove a major setback for their new regime.

Newcastle worked tirelessly before the window opened to ensure a smooth process for signing their targets. That worked to good effect initially, with Kieran Trippier arriving not long into the month.

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The Magpies also swiftly activated striker Chris Wood’s release clause at Burnley. Both players subsequently came straight into the team for last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Watford.

As another week in the January window has progressed, talks over a deal for Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos have continued. Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard is also supposedly a key target.

However, Howe has insisted that Newcastle have had a “frustrating” week, with no new signings over the line.

“It’s been frustrating in the transfer market,” the manager told a press conference. “We know we are against a deadline and we’re desperately trying to improve the squad.

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“We’re working very hard behind the scenes. It has been a fruitless search this week.”

Howe added that there is a “difficult combination” creating a perfect storm in hampering Newcastle’s transfer chances.

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Howe added: “I am sure the takeover has elevated people’s expectations on what Newcastle can pay other clubs.

“And add that all together it’s been a very difficult window for everybody so far. More so when you are in our position and you are keen to change the dynamics of certain situations. It’s been very difficult.”

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Newcastle are primarily after a new centre-back who can stabilise their defence.

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The Magpies frailty at the back showed again against Watford as they failed to keep hold of a 1-0 lead. Indeed, that saw their tally of Premier League points dropped from winning positions this season go into the twenties.

On the characteristics he is looking for, Howe said: “Positivity, leadership, winning mentality – you have to try and bring those types of characters into the group.

“If you’re bringing the opposite to that, the dynamics of the group can change in a negative way…they have to be the right new players.”

Howe was speaking ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League clash against Leeds United on Saturday.

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