Wolves have moved clear in the race to land Djed Spence from Middlesbrough this summer, who could be available for an initial fee of £5m.
The right-back has broken through at Boro in the past 18 months and he has caught the eye of several top-flight clubs with his pace and willingness to get down the flank.
And, according to ESPN, Wolves are ahead of Rangers and Everton for the 20-year-old, who still has two years of his deal at the Riverside.
The update states that there are doubts about Nelson Semedo’s future at Molineux, which would open the door for Spence to compete for a first-team place in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
But, would this be a good deal? And, is £5m plus add-ons a fair price? Here our writers take a look…
I actually think that this looks a fairly good deal for all parties involved.
Spence has a lot of improving to do, but he’s still a talented player that Boro aren’t going to want to lose on the cheap this summer. So, the chance to recoup £5m for him would prove to be half decent business.
Similarly, when it comes to Wolves, they won’t be wanting to pay over the odds for Spence given he would probably be used more as cover than a starter.
Again, £5m from a fringe player is a decent fee and Wolves can be confident of developing Spence at the same time.
Did these 25 players make more or less than 100 Wolves appearances?
I think that this is a completely fair price.
Spence is a player who is tipped for a very bright future after breaking into Middlesbrough’s first team, but he’s still incredibly raw.
Defensively he lacks concentration and has poor positioning, while going forward he still has a lot of work to do. There are question marks over whether Middlesbrough will get the best from him and that’s why the prospect of selling him on are appealing.
Should the club get a fee of £5million plus a substantial sell-on then I’d expect them to allow the player to leave, because in truth, he’s still some way from being a consistent and reliable player at Championship level.
I don’t really know what to make of this one to be honest.
Spence was impressive under Jonathan Woodgate last season, but he hasn’t really kicked on from there and his performances have been up and down this season.
He’s only made 21 league starts this season, and he has found regular game time hard to come by.
Given how important wing-backs are to Wolves, I’m not sure whether he has the attacking capabilities to be an important player for them.
However, you’d be paying for his potential and £5million does seem like a bit of a bargain given he’s under contract for another two years still.