Date: 29th July 2018 at 9:00am
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With reports earlier in the week that Wolverhampton Wanderers had met and activated Adama Traore’s speculated £18million release clause at Middlesbrough, some eyes were raised when he took to the pitch for them in their most recent pre-season friendly against Sunderland.

As reported on Vital Wolves previously, whilst there was no confirmation that we had in fact triggered the release fee, it was certainly being reported as such – other reports did contradict those claims though.

I guess the contradicting claims maybe carried more weight here given he played, as surely if negotiations had been opened with the player Middlesbrough would’ve protected him?

In any event, he was substituted in the first half of the game with a shoulder injury and the initial expectation is that he will now be out for a period of time but as I search around – at time of typing – there’s no confirmation about the severity of the issue.

If we were in for the player though we will surely be rethinking our interest in him as if the injury is particularly bad he will be ruled out for a significant portion of time as the E&S are reporting that it was a dislocation, but it was only a ‘pop’ so there shouldn’t be any extraneous damage.

They also state Boro gaffer Tony Pulis was adamant that nobody had met the 22-year-old#s release fee.

There’s enough time left in the transfer window for us to make a move if we wish though.