Adama Traore (file pic). Alamy Stock Photo

€24 million-rated Traore's future uncertain

The winger has been strongly linked with a move away from Molineux.

WOLVES MANAGER Bruno Lage says the club have not received an offer for Adama Traore.

Traore, who is approaching the final year of his contract, has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

The Daily Telegraph reported this week that Spurs want to take the 25-year-old winger on loan, while Wolves are holding out for a £20 million (€24 million) bid.

But Lage, speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Southampton on Saturday, is hopeful Traore will stay.

Asked if a bid had been tabled for the Spaniard, Lage said: “No. It is the same Adama since the first day.

“Nothing has changed. Adama is here with us, he wants to play for us, he works hard and he is very professional.

“I want to (keep him). If you look at the games we have played this season, he has started at least half of those, and when he didn’t start, he came off the bench to help the team.

“The most important thing is that it is not just about Adama, but every player, and if it is good for the club and good for the player than we have to find a different solution.

“But for now, if you ask me at this moment, I prefer to keep the four wingers that I have.”

Pressed on whether he expects Traore to still be a Wolves player when the transfer window closes at the end of the month, Lage said: “Yes, that is in my mind.”

Wolves are eighth in the table ahead of their clash against Southampton.

Lage’s side have kept clean sheets in six of their last eight Premier League matches, including defensive shutouts against Chelsea and Manchester United, while restricting free-scoring Liverpool and Manchester City to just one goal each.

Romain Saiss has been integral to Wolves’ impressive defensive displays, but the Morocco captain, currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty, will be absent for Saturday’s match against Southampton and next weekend’s trip to Brentford.

Lage added: “Romain has done very well this season, with (Conor) Coady and Max (Kilman).

“Not just with their defending, but helping the team to win points because they are a threat at set-pieces.

“Romain is an important player but we will find solutions within our squad to replace him so I am confident we will continue to be solid.

“The most important thing is to continue the way we are playing. That is the pressure for the players and there are no excuses. After that, the good things will come.”

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