Wolves add to their midfield
Wolves have made their first January signing under Bruno Lage, with Hayao Kawabe joining the club from Swiss side Grasshoppers.
— Wolves (@Wolves) January 5, 2022
The midfielder has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Wolves, but will likely spend the rest of the season back in Switzerland, with Wolves Technical Director Scott Sellars explaining:
“Naturally, Hayao is a player we’ve watched a lot and he’s done really well this season.
“He’s an attacking midfield player, very energetic, very busy, and has good quality. He’s really shone at Grasshoppers this year, and he’s one of the main reasons they’re doing so well.
“Due to the GBE criteria for signing international players, Hayao is a player who is eligible to sign for a British club this month, but may not be in the future, which is why we’ve moved now to confirm his signing.
“Hayao will spend January with Bruno’s group while the Swiss Super League is on a winter break, then he’ll likely return to Grasshoppers to finish the season there, as he has been an important player for them so far this season.”
The 26-year-old midfielder will help ease the burden on current first team stalwarts Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, both of whom have been regulars in the side since the Molineux outfit reached the Premier League.
But, could Wolves be set to lose one of their wide players in return?
Adama links go cold
At the moment, it seems unlikely.
101 covered the report earlier this week that both West Ham and Tottenham were interested in a move for Spanish winger Adama Traore, who is out of contract in 18 months, but little advancement has been made since.
West Ham boss David Moyes rules out moves for Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa and Wolves winger Adama Traorehttps://t.co/WNqHie5kzO
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 4, 2022
West Ham have ruled themselves out of the running, leaving just Spurs as a potential destination should he depart this January.
Should he make the switch to north London?
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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