Bruno Lage reveals his biggest January transfer window wish for Wolves

Bruno Lage has pinpointed the centre-back as Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer priority for this month.

Wolves currently have only two senior central defensive options available after Romain Sass left to join Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Rookies Dion Sanderson and Totti Gomes at Birmingham City and the Grasshoppers have been recalled from loan to help Ledge deal with the shortfall, respectively.

Sanderson – who made 16 appearances during his stint with the Blues – could open Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie with Sheffield United in Molineux.

But Ledge has no doubts about the position within his squad that needs the most attention.

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“I think the area where we need to improve is the centre-back,” he said. “We don’t have players for that position.

“(Willie) Boley has been out since the start of the season with injuries, as you know. Sass has been doing great with the way he defends and attacks, scoring goals. At the moment we only have There are two, so the priority is to get one player for that position.

“Seven months have passed, Sass, (Connor) Cody and Max (Kilman) are doing well, but that’s not enough.

“If something happens to Sass, like now that he goes to the national team, I have none because since the start of the season, Boley has been injured most of the time.”

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Owners Fosun have reined in spending in recent windows and further sales are likely before Wolves can complete any major transfer business.

The preferred method of club transfer is a loan with the option to buy, but those deals rarely favor the selling club.

Legge said: “We are open to everything that is best for the club at the moment. I will not change my opinion because I had decided my opinion about the team in a month.

“But, at the same time, I need to understand the exact timing. For now, the best thing to do is to work with our players, the lenders and help the injured players come back and wait for the market to come back.” What can it bring us?

“Without Sass, I have only two centre-backs. I have players who can do that position – but they are not centre-backs.”

Romain Sass of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Romain Sass (pictured) has gone to the Africa Cup of Nations and left Wolves at centre-back

While Wolves’ immediate rivals shower cash, Ledge has to be patient in the transfer window.

Wolves missed several goals during the summer transfer window and a quiet January is on the way until funds can be raised, with Adama Traore attracting the most interest.

Legge has spoken publicly about what Wolves need in the transfer market since arriving at Molineux in the summer, and he will continue to speak openly on the subject.

“These are my feelings and opinions on what the club needs to take the next step,” said the ambitious Wolves owner.

“Don’t use my words to attack anyone. I’m here to talk about football. I talk openly about everything and give my opinion.

“What kind of manager would I be if I say I don’t need a centre-back when I play with three and I only have two on my team?

“We need to find the right time to bring those top players to our club. I just don’t want to buy the person belonging to the squad. For that I will use the children who are in debt. That part I agree with Scott (Sellers – Technical Director).

“What I want to bring is someone who can bring more and add competition to our squad.”

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