31st July 2000
Wolves only striker Michael
Branch has picked up a hamstring injury during the friendly with Aston
Villa, he is currently under treatment at Molineux.
Lee Completes New Deal
Wolves manager Colin Lee will
sign a new contract at Molineux this week.
Colin Lee has also said that
Wolves will not be panic buying any players. After the departure of Ade
Akinbiyi the club are left with only Michael Branch.
30th July 2000
Wolves sign Camara
Wolves have reportedly signed
Mohammed Camara from Le Havre (Liverpool's Titi Camara's cousin) on a
three-month loan with a view to a permanent transfer, he impressed Wolves
management on the pre-season tour of Ireland.
Good Result for Mike
Although Aston Villa beat Wolves 2-0 it was a good day for Mike Stowell as a crowd of over 11,000 turned out to pay tribute to him in his testimonial game at Molineux this afternoon. Wolves played in there new away strip but most attention was on Steve Bull who made a one off appearance for this game.
Wolves: Stowell, Muscat,
Naylor, Robinson (Green 73), Pollet (Epesse-Titi 81), J.Lescott, Bazeley (Sedgley
62), McKinnon (Osborn 62), Bull (Emblen 23), Branch (Proudlock 36), Sinton
Aston Villa: Enkleman, Delaney, Wright (McGrath 73), Barry (Standing 81), Ehiogu, Samuel, I. Taylor (Hendrie 45), Joachim, Dublin (Walker 45), Merson (A.Lescott 70), Thompson (Stone 45).
Unused subs: Cook, Bewers.
29th July 2000
Booth Transfer Off
Negotiations between Wolves and Sheff Wednesday's Andy Booth have reached an end with the striker leaving Molineux without signing, personal terms could not be agreed so Wolves could miss the chance of signing the striker for £700,000 after he cost Sheff Wednesday £2.8 million in 1996.
Jez Mozey said on the Official
Wolves site, www.wolvesfc.co.uk:
Robbie Goes for Talks
Ex Wolves ace Robbie Keane has gone to Italy to have talks
with Inter Milan, after they raised there offer to £13 million. Coventry
boss Gordon Strachan says it's one of the worst moments of his spell at
Highfield Road loosing a talent like Keane.
New Away Strip on Show
Wolves have confirmed there new away strip will be played in for the first time at Mike Stowells testimonial on Sunday against Aston Villa.
28th July 2000
£12 Million Robbie
It has been reported that Inter Milan are preparing a £12 Million offer for ex-Wolves striker Robbie Keane, Keane joined Coventry at the start of last season from Wolves for £6 million and returned to Molineux earlier this week in a pre-season friendly, he scored the winning goal after just 3 minutes on the pitch. Gorden Strachan has said that Coventry will do everything they can to hold on to the striker.
Jones Joins Chesterfield
Jones Wolves' reserve striker, has joined Chesterfield on a free transfer.
He completed the move to Saltergate on Thursday afternoon. He
only appeared in the Wolves first team 5 times all comming on as a
substitute. There is a sell-on clause in his contract.
Meanwhile German midfielder Robert Niestroj, who returned to the club after a spell on loan with Nurembourg last season, is back in his homeland having a trial with a Greek club currently touring there.
Leitch left Molineux on Thursday with no contract offer, the former Swindon midfielder went on the
pre-season tour to Ireland
with Wolves and also took part in the home friendly with Coventry
Also on the official Wolves websitewww.wolvesfc.co.uk, Wolves have denied media reports that they are chasing Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Danny Sonner who is available as a Bosman signing.
Chief Executive Jez Moxey said: "There is no truth in the speculation linking us with Danny."
Another Wednesday man linked with Wolves is striker Andy Booth and Jez added: "He is just one of many players the club has been looking at."
27th July 2000
Full £5 Million to Spend
The Molineux board has been
told Colin Lee that he can have the full £5 million from the sale of Ade
Akinbiyi to buy much needed new players. After a Molineux board meeting
before last night's friendly against Coventry, the manager was assured he
can spend the full amount.
Problems finding new Striker
Wolves have said that new
signings are on there way to Molineux, but replacing Ade Akinbiyi is
proving to be difficult.
French Talks Start
Wolves have started talks with
French defender Epesse Titi, who was one of four trialists on show last
night at Molineux as Wolves lost 1-0 to Coventry. After the game John Ward
confirmed that Wolves are now negotiating to get the defender on the
26th July 2000
Legend to Play
Steve Bull is going to make
one last appearance for Wolves at Mike Stowell's testimonial against Aston
Villa on Sunday, he last played in the famous gold and black in a game
against Bradford in May 1999.
Wolves are set to net £300,000
from former striker Jason Roberts' £2million move from Bristol Rovers to
Black Country rivals West Brom
25th July 2000
Personal Terms Agreed
Ade Akinbiyi is likely to complete his £5 million move from Molineux to Filbert Street on Tuesday afternoon after agreeing personal terms with Leicester City. Akinbiyi's brief stay at Wolves was full of action he signed in September 1999 for £3.5 million breaking Wolves transfer fee, and made 40 league and cup appearances scoring 15 goals including 1 hat-trick, he missed 4 games through suspension after head butting Nottingham Forest's Tony Vaughan.
Collymore Linked Again
For the second year running Stan Collymore has been linked with a move to Wolves, with Ade Akinbiyi going to Leicester Colin lee is looking for a experienced goal scorer to replace him. Collymore had pledged to get back into the England squad after a couple of seasons of hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Another trialist has arrived
at Wolves. French striker Koffi Fiawoo from FC Lorient will be coming
under the scrutiny of Colin Lee and John Ward over the coming week.
24th July 2000
Oxford in the Cup
Wolves have been drawn with Oxford Utd in the first round of the Worthington cup. The first game of the two legged tie will be at Molineux on Tuesday, 22nd August with the return at The Manor Ground on either the 5th or 6th September.
Striker Set to Sign
The signing of Rangers striker
Jonatan Johansson is hoped to be completed inside the next 48 hours. Lee
has been hot on the trail of the Rangers hit man for some time and his
acquisition will be funded by the £5m sale of Ade Akinbiyi to Leicester.
That's if Akinbiyi signs for the Foxes after having one or two problems
agreeing personal terms with The Filbert Street outfit.
23rd July 2000
Move on Brink of Callapse
Ade Akinbiyi's £5 million transfer to Leicester City was on the brink of callapse last night over wages. The striker is asking for £20,000 a week but Leicester are only willing to pay £10,000 a week and after failing to agree terms with Leicester boss Peter Taylor Akinbiyi left Filbert Street saying "We are a long way apart" He also added "There'll be no problem walking away if the Leicester side isn't right"
22nd July 2000
Wolves Awarded £200,000
Wolves have won a compensation case against Man Utd over the signing of one of there youth players. 17 year old striker Daniel Nardiello signed for Man Utd last summer having previously been on the books at Molineux. The payment could rise to more than £1 million depending on appearances.
Wolves have issued the following statement:
Manchester United may have to pay up to £1 million plus to Wolves as compensation for the signing of one of Molineux's promising young players.
The Premier League Champions have been ordered today by a Football League Appeals Committee to pay Wanderers £200,000 immediately as compensation for the signing of Daniel Nardiello, a former schoolboy registered with Wolves.
The true cost of their recruitment of the 17 year old striker from Stourbridge, West Midlands, could rise even further if he plays in Unitedıs first team.
Wolves will be entitled to further payments of £150,000 a time if Nardiello goes on to play five, 15, 25 and 40 first team matches. A further £250,000 will be payable if the youngster plays in a UEFA/FIFA competitive international fixture.
Wolves' chief executive Jez Moxey says: "I am delighted with the verdict of the tribunal. I hope this sends out a message to predator clubs that they can not get away with cherry-picking the outstanding young talent being developed at Wolves without significant financial consequences."
Wolves Youth Academy Director Chris Evans adds: "Daniel Nardiello was the jewel in the crown of our schoolboy development programme and was developed by our technical coaching staff to national levels of excellence.
"Wolverhampton Wanderers are significantly investing in a youth development programme that is achieving considerable successes, and only last season sold Robbie Keane for a British transfer record fee for a teenager of £6 million to Coventry.
"We as a club have been denied our right to develop Nardiello to our first team and were therefore totally justified in taking this action and we are delighted by the Committee's decision.
"I hope this result serves as a warning to all clubs with envious eyes that it is our intention to develop outstanding players for this club and no other."
Nardiello was developed over a three year period at Wolves' Centre of Excellence, and succeeded in achieving a scholarship at the FA National School at Lilleshall, when aged 14.
The young player's outstanding talent was rewarded with England international schoolboy honours at under 15 and under 16 level.
On graduating from the National School two years later, Nardiello joined Manchester United in July 1999 and achieved considerable success in his first year at Old Trafford.
A striker, with a prolific goalscoring record, Nardiello was elevated from United's under 17s team and acquitted himself well in their under 19 side.
If he leaves Old Trafford in the future for a fee in excess of the amount paid to Wolves, Wanderers will be entitled to 15% of the excess.
Issued by the Wolves Press Office, 21 July, 2000
Ndah given All Clear
Wolves striker George has been told to rest a week then he should be ok to return to training after a scan has shown there is no cartilage damage to his knee. He returned early from the Wolves Irish pre-season tour and has only played 4 first team games since joining Wolves for £1 million last October and suffering a broken leg.
21st July 2000
Another Striker Named
Colin Lee has named another
replacement for Ade Akinbiyi and is lining up a bid for Yugoslav striker
Milan Bokanovic. Hopefully one of these targets will soon put pen to
paper to save Wolves having another terrible start to this season like
they had last season after the sale of Robbie Keane.
Colin Lee is also set to offer
contracts to on-loan Epesse Titi and Scott Leitch.
20th July 2000
New Target Named for Wolves
Another player has been named
as a target for Wolves, Reading's £1 million rated midfielder Darren
Caskey, according to reports. Wolves and Wimbledon are locked in a battle
to sign him, Colin lee wants the ex-England under-21 star to bolster his
Also reports say that Wolves are still trying to sign Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson and have made a £2 million pound offer for the player. The money will be available once Ade Akinbiyi's move to Leicester is finalised.
New Captains Announced
Colin Lee has announced who is taking over the captaincy following the departure of Keith Curle. Club captain is Simon Osborn and Kevin Muscat has been appointed as team captain.
No Goals At Cork
Wolves were held 0-0 in there second match of there pre-season tour in Ireland. Cork City's new manager is ex Wolves player Derek Mountfield. It was a sunny evening and both teams had plenty of chances to break the deadlock but never finished some nice moves.
Cork: Mooney, O'Halloran (Napier 45), Delaney (Horgan 75), Daly, R.O'Brien, Freyne (Caulfield 66), Cahill, Hartigan (Flanagan 45), Herrier, Morley, C.O'Brien.
Unused subs: O'Rourke, O'Donogue, O'Conner.
Booking: O'Halloran (foul-33)
Wolves: Oakes, Muscat (Green 51), Naylor (Camara 51), Robinson, Pollet (Osborn 84), Titi (Lescott 51), Bazeley (Ulfstein 68), Osborn (Andrews 76), Leitch (Emblen 51), Branch (Taylor 53), Sinton (Simpson 40).
Unused sub: Murray.
Booking: Taylor (foul-86)
Referee: A. Kelly (Cork)
19th July 2000
Goerge Ndah and Ade Akinbiyi are flying back to the Midlands ahead of this evenings match with Cork City on the Wolves pre-season tour of Ireland. Akinbiyi, of course, heading for Leicester to tie up his move to Filbert Street and there is concern over George Ndah's knee injury which has not responded to treatment.
Rumours are starting already on targets for Colin Lee to spend the money from the sale of Ade Akinbiyi, which has yet to be finalised. Akinbiyi still has to agree personal terms with Leicester, but Andy Booth from Sheffield Wednesday has emerged as a early target. Lee was also being linked with a move for Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson, but the fee for the Finn has put him out of reach.
18th July 2000
Wolves Accept Foxes Bid
Wolves have accepted Leicester City's £5 million bid for Ade Akinbiyi, the move will be completed when Ade agrees personal terms with the Filbert Street Club. He is expected to fly back from Ireland and begin contract discussions. Jez Mozey Wolves Chief Executive said "We have accepted Leicester's £5 million valuation plus a sell on fee"
Today Leicester City have given Wolves a 12 o'clock deadline to decide on there offer of £5 million for Ade Akinbiyi. New Foxes boss Peter Taylor insists he must hear by noon today or he will call off the hunt for Ade: "We have given Wolverhampton Wanderers until 12 noon today to agree to the offer or it will be withdrawn with immediate effect," he said.
I will update this story as soon as any more information is released.
Wolves have won there first match of the Irish Tour beating Waterford 2-0, goals from Robinson and Titi in the second half. Teams were:
Waterford: Devine (Fennelly 71), Scully, Fitzgerald (O'Brien 45), Reynolds (Waters 45), Breen, Cashin (Goodwin 66), Kirby (Dunphy 52), Quigley (Maher 45), Maroney (Watson 45), Griffin, Rea (Whittle 45).
Wolves: Oakes, Green, Camara, Leitch, Ulfstein, Titi, Taylor (Andrews 73), Osborn (Robinson 66), Emblen, Branch (Sinton 71), Simpson (Lescott 52).
Unused subs: Stowell, Muscat.
17th July 2000
Wolves Announce £5 Million Bid For Akinbiyi (Story From www.wolvesfc.co.uk)
It has been announced on the Official Wolves Website that Wolves have received a £5 million bid from Leicester City for striker Ade Akinbiyi. The East Midland club had made an earlier bid, for an undisclosed figure, which was rejected.
Chief Executive Jez Moxey says: "Leicester have been very persistent in their approaches to us for Ade.
"This is a significant sum of money and we have told officials at Filbert Street that we will give it the consideration it merits.
"Both the manager Colin Lee and the player have been informed and we are planning to spend an appropriate amount of time considering the offer.
"We have, this morning, made bids of our own for two players - one of which is for a seven figure sum. So there are many factors for us to take into account."
Akinbiyi, who joined Wolves last September and scored 16 goals for the club, is currently with the Wolves squad on a pre-season tour of Ireland.
15th July 2000
More Akinbiyi Sale Rumours
There are more stories about the sale of Ade Akinbiyi, now Premiership Tottenham are reported to be interested in him, but there has been no official confirmation of any sale unless they receive a large enough offer. A player has been linked as a replacement for Ade and reports from Scotland indicate Wolves are preparing a £2m bid for Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson.
14th July 2000
New Squad Numbers
Colin Lee has released the Wolves first team squad numbers:
1. Michael Oakes
13th July 2000
Bull Takes Coaching Role
Wolves legend Steve Bull has
decided to accept the part time senior team coaching role, that was
offered to him by his former boss Graham Turner at
Three Defenders at Molineux
There were three more
trialists at Molineux for training, and Colin Lee has a view to adding
them to his squad for next season.
Dorigo Snubs Wolves
Former England defender Tony Dorigo has rejected a move to Molineux in favour of joining Second Division Stoke City.
Dorigo, 34, said: ""I talked to John Rudge and found him and the club very friendly and honest. They reached the play-offs last year and have brought a few new players in since then. There is an obvious ambition which will suit me very nicely."
Sedgley Signs Contract
On Wednesday evening Steve Sedgley signed a new contract at Molineux, for a year with the club holding the option of keeping the player for a further 12 months. He originally joined Wolves from Ipswich in July 1997, for a £350,000 fee plus Mark Venus who made the move to Portman Road as part of the deal. Steve sedgley's contract ran out at the end of June.
Colin Lee said: "I'm very pleased that Steve has re-signed. With Keith Curle moving on, it was important we signed someone who could play in that position. Steve performed in a variety of positions last season and was an important player for us."
Chief Executive, Jez Moxey, added: "We are pleased that Steve is going to continue his association with us. Colin Lee sees him as a valued member of his squad."
12th July 2000
New Face at Molineux
The out of contract
captain Scott Leitch is spending a fortnight training with Wolves under
the watchful eye of Colin Lee.
The Wolves boss said on the Wolves Official Website: "Scott is a tough tackling midfielder and we'd like to give him the chance to show what he can do."
11th July 2000
Another Offer for Ade
Birmingham City have made a
bid in excess of £3million for Wolves striker Ade Akinbiyi.
Wolves Target Dorigo
Wolves and Stoke City are both trying to sign Derby County's Tony Dorigo, the defender is currently out of contract and available on a Bosman free-transfer. The former England left-back's contract at Pride Park ran out at the end of last season.
10th July 2000
Two more targets have been
linked with Colin Lee as he gets down to the job of building a Wolves team
capable of winning promotion.
Lee Has to Play Youngsters
Wolves first team
is so desperately short on numbers that Colin Lee has been forced to draft
in the highly promising youth team trio Gordon Simms, Joleon Lescott and
Ryan Green for Wolves pre-season tour to Ireland.
8th July 2000
Wolves Midfielder Scott Taylor
has ended fears that he could be moving to Wolves' Division One rivals by
signing a new deal at Molineux. Blackburn and Bolton were thought to
be about to swoop for the 29-year old after negotiations with the player
and his agent seemed to stall.
Bully for Bulls?
Steve Bull could link up with
Graham Turner again to take up a coaching role at Hereford United.
7th July 2000
Big Cheque for Ade
Colin Lee has responded to the
transfer stories of Wolves star striker Ade Akinbiyi. He said it will take
a very big cheque to persuade Wolves to part with Akinbiyi. Lee admitted:
"I am a realist and I know every player has his price.
6th July 2000
Lee Needs To Add To Squad
Colin Lee says his number one
priority is to bring a new central defender into Molineux.
5th July 2000
Youngster to Get Chance
Joleon Lescott looks certain
to get the chance of replacing Keith Curle at the heart of Wolves defence.
There has been a few players returning to Molineux this week, even though they are not due back until next Monday. The players Matt Murray and George Ndah were back along with Ade Akinbiyi, Mike Stowell, Seamus Crowe and Mark Jones. Also, Shane Tudor and Michael Branch, both of whom had operations to repair hernias in May, were there for the training session too.
Wolves apparent target Linvoy
Primus is being lined up for a move from Reading to Swansea, should any
Wanderers deal not go through.
4th July 2000
No Plans to Sell Ade
Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey has quickly responded to rumours that Ade Akinbiyi could be bound for Filbert Street.
He said: "Colin Lee is
delighted to have someone of the calibre of Ade Akinbiyi in his squad."
Peter Taylor the new Leicester manager, has money to spend following the sale of Emile Heskey to Liverpool for £10 million.
Curle Goes To Sheffield Utd
Monday Keith Curle signed for Sheffield United on a free transfer. The
Wolves captain was with Wolves for four years, he joined The Blades as a
player/coach at Bramall Lane under United's manager, Neil Warnock.
The move will come as a disappointment for Colin Lee
who will have find a replacement and seek out a new captain for the side.
Lee returns from holiday this week.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Jez Moxey has quickly reponded
to rumours that Ade Akinbiyi could be bound for Filbert Street.
He said: "Colin Lee is delighted to have someone of
the calibre of Ade Akinbiyi in his squad.
"There are no plans to sell him and we are looking
forward to starting the season with him. I've heard the rumours but they
are without foundation."
New Leicester manager, Peter Taylor, has money to spend
following the sale of Emile Heskey to Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Jez Moxey has quickly reponded to rumours that Ade Akinbiyi could be bound for Filbert Street.
He said: "Colin Lee is delighted to have someone of the calibre of Ade Akinbiyi in his squad.
"There are no plans to sell him and we are looking forward to starting the season with him. I've heard the rumours but they are without foundation."
New Leicester manager, Peter Taylor, has money to spend following the sale of Emile Heskey to Liverpool.
Interest in Jones
Chris Turner, a former youth team manager at Molineux, is hoping to sign Mark Jones one of the youngsters he coached at Wolves.
The former Sunderland and Manchester United goalkeeper left Wolves to take up the manager's post at Harlepool.
Last season he took the north-eastern club to within an ace of making the play-offs and a regular in his team was former Molineux defender, Chris Westwood.
Now Turner has offered Mark the chance to resurrect his career though Chesterfield, relegated to the Third Division last season, have also shown an interest.
The striker has only played in five first team games for
the team he has supported since his childhood, all of them after coming on
as a substitute.
3rd July 2000
Curle On His Way
Wolves have lost their battle
to hang onto experienced skipper Keith Curle who looks set to join
Sheffield United today.
The loss of influential
skipper Keith Curle could now see boss Colin Lee swoop for Reading's
unsettled defender Linvoy Primus.
Interest in Ade??
Teamtalk have reported on there Website that two premiership clubs are interested in signing Wolves Striker Ade Akinbiyi, Leicester City have made a firm enquiry and West Ham have expressed an interest. But nothing has been officially confirmed yet by Wolves.
1st July 2000
New Contract Offer For Sedgley
Wolves Midfielder Steve
Sedgley has been offered a new contract by the club after his career at
Wolves appeared to be at an end. Details of the contract have been sent to
the player's agent and it's hoped that talks can be held next week.