Wolves boss Bruno Lage has revealed that defender Willy Boly has not registered for Sunday’s game against Newcastle despite being told he has been selected for the matchday squad.
Nottingham Forest have already received a £1million offer for Ivory Coast centre-half which was rejected by Wolves and are expected to leave Boly Molineux before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
Still, Lage wanted Boly’s experience on the bench for the tie against Newcastle.
“He was a great professional, but in the end he wants to force something,” said Lage.
“They have to be professionals. I make my decision to put him in the squad list and he makes his decision.”
Lage’s squad reported for Saturday night’s game in Newcastle. Boly did not join the squad and did not contact his manager to explain the reason.
“He has a proposal and wants to leave, that’s my feeling when I talk to him,” said Lage.
Boly’s future is one of a number of issues Molineux will need to resolve before Thursday’s 11pm BST deadline.
Lage confirmed young defender Luke Cundle is likely to join Swansea on loan, while the future of a number of fringe players will also be decided.
Wolves are on the hunt for a new striker, with Stuttgart’s Austria international Sasa Kalajdzic among the players under discussion.
Ironically, Kalajdzic asked not to be included in his side’s Bundesliga draw against Cologne on Sunday afternoon due to uncertainty about his future.
“I’ve been waiting for another striker since my first day here,” said Lage.
“The way we play we need to have at least two good strikers in our squad and I’m very confident that the player will come.”
Schar should have seen red – Neves
There is at least some certainty about skipper Ruben Neves, who put Wolves ahead against Newcastle only for the hosts to be denied victory by Alain Saint-Maximin’s brilliant last-minute equaliser.
Neves has been linked with a move from Molineux with Manchester United believed to be among the prospects.
However, the Portugal midfielder, who replaced Conor Coady as captain, now appears to be staying at Wolves.
“Ruben is playing very well,” said Lage. “You can see he’s in a good moment and I’m 99% sure he’ll be with us for another year.”
Neves complained about Newcastle defender Fabian Schar’s tackle on Pedro Neto, which he felt should have resulted in a red card.
Referee Peter Bankes decided not to send Schar off for the challenge, requiring Neto to be treated. The incident was reviewed by VAR but Bankes was not asked to watch it again on the pitchside monitor.
“Everyone saw it – I really can’t believe it,” Neves told BBC Match of the Day. “He was really lucky to be fit again after that challenge.
“Like I told the referee there’s no chance he doesn’t go to the screen and look at the pictures because he almost broke his leg – I spoke to Schar too, he said it wasn’t on purpose, of course it was It’s not like that, but if it’s that dangerous someone has to see it.”