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Wolves not willing to pay Middlesbrough star’s release clause

Middlesbrough’s Adama Traore has been repeatedly linked to a move away from the Riverside this transfer window, and it looked as though Wolves had agreed a deal with the winger. However, they are now no longer willing to pay Traore’s release clause, according to The Mirror.

A move to Wolves looked to be a certainty for Adama Traore at one point, with reports suggesting they were to pay the Middlesbrough star’s release clause. The clause in his contract means if any club pays the £18 million asking price, Traore is free to discuss personal terms.

However, reports in The Mirror suggest Wolves are no longer willing to pay the clause, and instead will pay no more than £12 million for the winger, which does not match Middlesbrough’s valuation.

In a recent interview in The Evening Gazette, Tony Pulis has expressed his desire to keep hold of the exciting wide man, and said if the release clause is paid then it may be out of their hands. However, if a club are to bid below the asking price, it is unlikely Middlesbrough will let him go easily.

Traore played in Middlesbrough’s recent pre-season friendly against Sunderland at the Riverside, and suffered a dislocated shoulder in the first-half. Wolves were reportedly holding off until the extent of the injury was revealed. But the injury may just be another stumbling block in their pursuit, along with the valuation, and they could now turn to other alternatives.

Huddersfield are still monitoring the Spaniard’s situation, and with Wolves possibly retracting their interest, Terriers boss David Wagner could still make a move for Traore before transfer deadline day.

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