Wolves star makes Arsenal admission as striker set for summer transfer

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Arsenal revelation

Wolves stalwart Matt Doherty has shed blood, sweat and probably a few tears for the Old Gold cause.

The experienced defender has spent ten years at Molineux, which makes him easily their longest serving player – and has played in three divisions for the club.

Indeed he is closing in on his 300th appearance for Wolves –  with arguably his favourite coming in April last season when he played and scored in a 3-1 home win over Arsenal.

Why?

In a Q&A with the club website Doherty explained – and revealed a little bit of a secret. “I was a big Arsenal fan growing up, Bergkamp was my favourite player, I used to get the kits for Christmas.

“Even now, I look out for their results and now I get to play and score against them, which is unbelievable.”

Cutrone latest

Fiorentina want to turn Patrick Cutrone’s loan move into a permanent deal, according to reports.

Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport, via Sport Witness, says the Seria A outfit have been impressed by Cutrone, despite they fact he has only scored once in nine games since his arrival.

That was in January when he returned to Italy initially on an 18 month loan deal after failing to breakthrough at Wolves.

He joined the Old Gold for £16million last summer but started just nine games and scored only three goals in 24 appearances in all competitions.

The former AC Milan striker returned to his homeland complaining that he had not been given enough chances by Nuno Espirito Santo.

Bold McGinn claim

The draw of a summer move to join Wolves would be more than enough to lure John McGinn away from Aston Villa in the transfer window.

Those are the thoughts of former Leeds United front man Noel Whelan, who has predicted that a number of Dean Smith’s stars will be up for sale once the season in through.

Villa are currently inside the bottom three as football take an unscheduled break from the action due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

However, the break has not halted the pre-summer transfer talk with TEAMtalk last week linking McGinn with a move just a short way up the M6 to Molineux

The 25-year-old has been immense for Villa since arriving from Hibernian and, should the club be relegated, will have plenty of Premier League clubs after his signature.

And a move to join Nuno Espirito Santo’s impressive ranks would turn his head, says Whelan.

“Yes,” he told Football Insider, agreeing with that claim. “Wolves have got the right balance. They go for the right players with the right attitude and right attitude and he fits Nuno’s criteria.

Regrets

Jamie O’Hara has once again incurred the wrath of the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ faithful.

The 33-year-old is one of the more unpopular signings of recent times after being a part of the side that suffered consecutive relegations at the start of the decade.

He arrived at the club in the summer of 2011, after enjoying an impressive loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur. Unfortunately, it was a bad move for all parties, with Wolves sliding down the football pyramid, while O’Hara himself suffered a career dent he failed to recover from.

And the former Spurs midfielder has again spoke of his regret at joining Wolves, claiming that his move from a ‘big club’ backfired, because he wasn’t able to move ‘back up’.

Asked on talkSPORT for his footballing regrets, O’Hara said: “The only one i’d say was leaving Tottenham when I did and I went to Wolves because I was in and out of the team. I was really part of that football club, homegrown talent there, I was a real big part of it.

“I left and went to Wolves and that was kind of, it was the only time I thought, ‘I should have stuck it out’.

“The problem I had, once you take that step away from Tottenham who was a big club and you step down, thinking you were going to get back up and that never really materialises. And you sit back and think: ‘I should have stayed at the top and ground it out’.

“I might not have played as many games but you’re still at a huge club like Tottenham.”

Instead of earning a move back ‘up’ the leagues, O’Hara would find himself at non-league Billericay Town just three years after leaving Wolves.

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