New Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui has admitted that he would be ‘very happy’ if rumoured Tottenham target Adama Traore stays at the club beyond the end of his current contract.

Spurs reportedly tried to snap up Traore in January 2021, with Antonio Conte allegedly intent on converting him to a right wing-back (ESPN) but the North London club were beaten to the player by Barcelona, who signed him on loan with an option to buy.

Adama Traore

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However, the pacy winger did not get much game time at Camp Nou during the second half of last season, and Xavi Hernandez’s men did not take up the option to sign him permanently.

Traore was once again mooted as a target for Spurs during the summer transfer window (Express) but the Spaniard stayed put at Wolves.

The 26-year-old’s current contract at the Molineux Stadium runs out next summer (Transfermarkt) and journalist Alex Crook told GiveMeSport back in September that he would not be surprised if Spurs made another attempt to sign the player in January.

Lopetegui has now indicated that he wants Traore to remain at the West Midlands club at least until the end of the season.

When asked about the winger, the Wolves boss said (via TEAMtalk): “I know he has not finished the contract but the most important thing is he works hard here until June.

“After that, I don’t know what is going to happen. Of course, I would be very happy if he was here.”

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I think the primary reason Tottenham explored Traore as an option for the right wing-back role in January 2021 was due to the lack of players available during that specific window. 

The fact that the Lilywhites did not attempt to snap up the 26-year-old in the summer, is perhaps an indication they have moved past him and are now looking at other options instead.

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