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Wolves confirm third January arrival with Man City, Arsenal target potentially to follow next

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Wolves have confirmed their third signing of the January transfer window – 19-year-old South Korean winger Jeong Sang-bin.

Bruno Lage has already brought in midfielder Hayao Kawabe and forward Chiquinho this month. And earlier in the week Hwang Hee-chan’s loan move from RB Leipzig was made permanent too.

Now another arrival has been secured. Sang-bin will head straight out on loan after joining from K-League club Suwon Samsung Bluewings, though.

He will link up with Kawabe, who signed from Grasshoppers and then was loaned straight back to the Swiss side.

Both players will be gone for the next 18 months. Wolves fans will therefore have a long wait before seeing either play in the flesh.

After the signing of Sang-bin was announced, the club’s technical director Scott Sellars explained that decision.

“Sang-bin is a young, raw talent, who has done very well for his club and national team whilst still only a teenager,” he told the club’s official website.

“We hope to provide him an opportunity to develop and grow as a player, and a person, in Zurich with Grasshoppers, before returning in the future.

“We’ve already seen how this process can benefit a player like Toti Gomes. And we are looking forward to seeing what Sang-bin can achieve in the Swiss league, and then at Wolves.”

The clock is ticking to Monday’s deadline, but Wolves could yet add a further new face to Lage’s squad before then.

That’s because after missing out on him last summer, they remain ‘very interested’ in former Man City and Arsenal target Riqui Puig, as per Sport (via Sport Witness).

A loan deal until the end of the season without an option to buy could still happen. Puig is finding his game time limited at Barcelona.

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Meanwhile, Wolves have reportedly given midfielder Ruben Neves a £40million price tag amid transfer links with Manchester United and Arsenal.

The central midfielder has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Molineux club this season. He has registered two goals – one in October’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa, and another in the 2-1 victory against Brentford last time out.

Neves has a knack for scoring goals from outside the box and did so against the Bees, curling a right-footed effort past Jonas Lossl to give Wolves all three points.

He has been ever-present in the Wanderers first team since joining from Porto in July 2017. However, links with United and Arsenal are hotting up…

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Newcastle target will only be sold for ‘irrefutable’ bid – Magpies already offered €30m

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In the past couple of weeks, we’ve covered a couple of reports from Portugal claiming Newcastle United could return to try and sign Gonçalo Inácio from Sporting this summer.

Following an attempt to land the defender in January, the Magpies would be preparing to return with a more convincing bid and finally take him to the Premier League.

Now it seems it won’t be easy to buy him from the Lions in the upcoming transfer window, at least according to what’s written by newspaper O Jogo today.

The outlet features a piece about Sporting’s decisions regarding players who’ll stay in the squad for next season, and when speaking of Inácio, it’s stated he’s one of the assets they want to keep.

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O Jogo recall the attempt made by Newcastle in January, pointing out he’s on the radar of European clubs, and they say Sporting will ‘do everything’ to have him in their squad for one more year. That’s why ‘only irrefutable offers’ could take him from the club this summer.

Since it had been claimed earlier this year that Newcastle offered €30m for Inácio, the Magpies should be looking at his release clause, which stands at €45m, in case they go back for him now.

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Carlos Carvalhal to Blackburn talk set to intensify after major club announcement

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Carlos Carvalhal has left his role as SC Braga coach in an update that will only serve to ramp up the speculation concerning him and a move to Blackburn Rovers.

The Portuguese boss is familiar with Sky Bet Championship football, thanks to his period at Sheffield Wednesday.

Indeed, he had a pretty decent time in the second tier, too, with him challenging with the Owls for promotion from the second tier into the Premier League.

Though he and the club never managed to get that over the line, the work he did do has obviously interested Blackburn, with Rovers and former manager Tony Mowbray parting ways earlier this month.

Indeed, the Lancashire Telegraph has reported that Carvalhal is on Rovers’ radar as their potential new manager and, with him now leaving Portuguese side Braga, it doesn’t take a mystic to predict we’re going to see heightened speculation:

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Carvalhal is now a free man to potentially talk to Rovers and so we’ll see what unfolds in that regard in the coming days.

He’s a manager that has spoken before about wanting to get back into the game in this country and Blackburn certainly appear an attractive proposition given the players they have in their squad.

Could he be next in at Ewood Park? Time will tell…

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