Lage makes transfer request to Fosun as Wolves target late deals

Bruno Lage has made one final plea to Wolverhampton Wanderers owners Fosun for fresh faces ahead of Tuesday night’s deadline.

Wolves completed their fifth signing of the summer on Sunday as Hwang Hee-chan arrived on a season-long loan from RB Leipzig, but Lage would still like to add more.

Hwang fills the vacancy within Wolves’ attacking arsenal – now Lage would like to see other areas of his squad strengthened.

Offering his final transfer update before the deadline, Lage said: “We continue to need to improve our team. We need to balance between a top player for the right position and opportunities in the market.

“When we have a chance to bring a good player on loan, this is an opportunity and you cannot miss it.

“We still need players and we have two days. At the moment we only have 19 players because Pedro (Neto) is out through injury. We need more and in the right positions.”

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The deal which brought Hwang to Molineux also includes an option to make it permanent next year, similarly to Francisco Trincao’s move from Barcelona and several other transfers Wolves have completed under Fosun.

South Korea international Hwang struggled to make an impact in the Bundesliga with Leipzig but his goal record in 2019/20 with Austrian club RB Salzburg was impressive.

Wolves looked into a deal for the 25-year-old 18 months ago while Nuno Espirito Santo was head coach and kept tabs on him after he joined Leipzig last summer.

“In the last days of the market, you get these opportunities,” Lage explained. “I know him because of what he did in Austria. In Germany he didn’t have many chances to show his value. The club believes in him and it was a question of opportunity.

“In the last days we cannot forget our targets because in my opinion we still have chances to improve the team in some positions, but we must look for these opportunities. It was a good opportunity and the club decided to bring the player (here). We are happy with him.”

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: The Wolverhampton Wanderers club badge during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux on May 9, 2021 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

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While Lage is determined to bring more players in, he desperately doesn’t want to lose any of his key men – namely Adama Traore who has started the season in stunning form.

The Spain international has been electric in each of Wolves’ opening three Premier League games and has attracted interest from numerous clubs, including Nuno’s Tottenham Hotspur.

Lage has previously said he believes Traore will remain at Wolves beyond Tuesday’s deadline and the Wolves boss is still confident that will be the case.

He added: “Adama’s future is not a question for me. I see a player happy every day and working hard. I think he’s happy and I’m very happy with him.”

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