The lowdown: Career so far
Signed from Malian outfit AS Bamako for £315,000, Traore left his homeland in 2019 and has since been making waves in France.
The 20-year-old Mali youth international has amassed 31 outings for the Ligue 2 club, directly contributing to three goals in the process.
Following links to Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Southampton and Leicester earlier in the window, now it appears as though Wolves are also keen on bringing Traore to the Premier League…
The latest: Offer made
It’s claimed that Wolves made an initial bid of €8million (£6.7 million) for a permanent transfer, whilst the latest approach involves an initial loan with a view to buying for €10million (£8.4million).
The report suggests that the recently relegated French outfit are considering the latest offer for the youngster, hailed as a ‘pressing and dribbling machine’ by football analyst Liam Henshaw.
The verdict: One for the future
The midfield enforcer is a physical beast standing at 6-foot-tall, possessing a host of important attributes that would make the transition to English football and Bruno Lage’s style an achievable one for the powerful Malian.
Last season, the £1.62million valued prodigy earned a 6.71 Sofascore rating whilst winning 3.8 duels, completing 1.0 successful dribbles – highlighting the aforementioned praise – and finding a teammate with 83 per cent of attempted passes on average per outing in the French top flight.
Sharing similar stylistic traits to Pape Matar Sarr, Allan and Adam Forshaw (FBref), Traore clearly favours a defensive-minded midfield role and could therefore be viewed as the long-term successor to Old Gold stalwart Joao Moutinho.
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