Championship side Wolves weren’t close to securing a deal for PSV Eindhoven’s Jurgen Locadia on deadline day, reports Ad.nl in the Netherlands.
The 23-year-old came up through the youth ranks at the Dutch giants to earn his senior debut for the club back in September 2011, a game in which he netted as they ran out 8-0 winners over VVSB.
And the talented forward has since gone from strength to strength with 54 goals and 33 assists in 164 games for the club, in which time he has twice helped PSV win the Eredivisie in 2015 and 2016, as well as the Dutch Cup back in 2011.
Yet speculation was rife near the end of the transfer window that Locadia was close to a move to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves, although recent reports in his homeland suggest that that wasn’t the case, and that he was actually nearing a move to Premier League side Brighton.
The Seagulls were on the lookout for reinforcements all summer following their promotion to the Premier League, and actually landed Locadia’s PSV teammate Davy Propper at the start of August, but were unable to convince 23-year-old Locadia to reunite with the midfielder at the AMEX Stadium.
Wolves themselves were also on the lookout for a striker late on in the transfer window, having sold Nouha Dicko a day before the window shut, but Locadia was not one close to moving to Molineux in the last knockings of the summer window.
The Verdict: Wolves’ decision to sell Nouha Dicko a day before the deadline last week raised a few eyebrows, and those eyebrows were raised even further when they didn’t bring a replacement in on deadline day.
It was not through the lack of trying though, with reports linking them with Chris Martin and Jordan Hugill amongst others, yet one man that was reportedly close to a move was Jurgen Locadia of PSV Eindhoven, only for that particular link to be quashed in recent times.
And given the Dutchman’s fine goal-scoring record for the Eredivisie giants over the past few years, Wolves fans would have likely been disappointed when the 11pm deadline passed without a deal in place, although they may feel a little better now knowing a deal wasn’t that likely anyway.
Nonetheless, it still doesn’t get away from the fact that Wolves were unable to replace Dicko, and as such have until at least January with reduced striking options.
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