Wolves are allegedly some distance away from potentially securing the signing of defender Tariq Lamptey.
It has been reported in recent weeks that the 19-year-old is wanted by Nuno Espirito Santo and his team, however, a story from Goal suggests that he is some way away from a move.
The report states that the young English defender would rather continue his development at his boyhood club than move to Wolverhampton.
There is also reportedly more interest from Europe, with clubs such as PSG, Nice and others in Germany wanting the player. This naturally puts Wolves further behind in the race as those clubs from outside England are legally allowed to make contact with the player to sign a pre-contract agreement, as Lamptey is out of contract in the summer.
Frank Lampard unsurprisingly wants to keep the full-back within his squad going into the future, with the club’s all-time goalscorer giving the defender his professional debut in recent months.
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While this would have been a good signing for Wolves, if they do miss out on the defender, they can hardly be shocked. The defender has recently made his first two appearances for his side, playing 31 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-1 over Arsenal and 14 minutes when they faced Nottingham Forest in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
Considering that he is now making Lampard stand up and notice him at that age, then there is clearly a talented player there – so Wolves the club are right in trying to attract a player with that sort of potential for the club.
However, his contract situation means that clubs are now lining up from far and wide to get him, naturally making the club a lot less attractive when clubs such as PSG are going in for you.
With the club not having many right wing backs within the ranks, he was a good long-term option for Wanderers. At the moment, Matt Doherty is pretty much the only option unless Jonny Castro plays on the right or Adama Traore drops to defence, so he could have been a good choice as a successor.