Joe Mason

Wolves sign long-term transfer target

Wolverhampton Wanderers have ended their long-term pursuit of Cardiff City forward Joe Mason by unveiling him as their latest signing. He moves from the Welsh club for an undisclosed fee, signing on at Molineux on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett has been a long-term admirer of the former Bolton Wanderers loanee and he is in line to make him debut for his new club against his former club on Tuesday night.

Although he has been a long-term target, this transfer has gone through relatively quickly this week. Wolves revealed on their Twitter page a few days ago that a significant bid’ was lodged for the ex-Plymouth Argyle youngster.

His departure has angered a large proportion of Bluebirds fans, suggesting that Russell Slade is now running out of strikers in his squad. Alex Revell and Federico Macheda still remain, but they too have been heavily linked with moves away and have been out-of-favour for most of the season anyway. However they are said to be closing in on a new signing (watch this space).

Nevertheless, Cardiff’s loss is very much Wolves’ gain and Jackett is delighted to add the player to his squad and has already identified a suitable role for him to play in his team,

We’ve looked at him for a while, and particularly back in August, but the deal couldn’t get done. He had a good loan spell at Bolton and he’s a natural number 10, plays best just off a striker I think.

“Getting the right partnership in that area is a key one for us. And since Afobe and Dicko have gone out of it for different reasons it’s something we’re looking to obviously try to improve.

“I like his work rate, I like his football, and I think he’s a natural to play behind the striker in my ideal 4-2-3-1 formation.”

You can hear what Mason has had to say by watching the video above, which is his first interview as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player.


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