New Wolverhampton Wanderers signing Luke Matheson could end up costing the club more than £3m, according to reports.
The full-back was announced by the club on deadline day in the January window, before announcing that he will return to Rochdale until the end of the campaign.
Football Insider claims that a Wolves source told the outlet that the club paid an initial £1m fee for the player, however, that could rise depending on performance-based clauses, which could add another couple of million to the fee that’s already been paid.
The defender is considered as some prospect, and the report even says that Wanderers fought off interest from other sides to get this deal over the line.
There’s no doubt that he is an exciting prospect, with the player making his debut at just 15, becoming the club’s youngest ever player.
Did we do enough business in January?
Absolutely not. We're well short
Unsure - will depend on keeping everyone fit
Yes, we don't need to add anymore
Despite his young age, he has already played in some important matches, including against Manchester United and Newcastle United this season, with him scoring in the former as just a 16-year-old.
Allegedly, the player will be training occasionally at Compton Park over the next few months as he prepares for his full-time move to Molineux.
Given the kind of money that gets thrown around nowadays, signing Matheson for £1m surely has to be seen as a bit of great, low-risk business.
£2m is hardly a steep amount that it could go up, and of course, the beauty of performance-based add-ons means that the club will only be paying that much more money if he shows some promise within the team.
At just 17, the defender will still have a long way to go before he starts troubling Matt Doherty for a place within the starting line up, and is expected to join up with the U23s when he arrives.
On the whole, no Wolves fans should be concerned that they have spent a maximum of £3m on what looks an exciting youngster. In fact, it looks like great business.