Crystal Palace will not attempt to sign Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri, according to journalist Tom Barclay.
The Lowdown: Ait-Nouri impresses for Wolves
Wanderers are enjoying a good start to life under Bruno Lage, with Sunday’s 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea their latest positive result. A number of Wolves players have shone this season and one such example is Ait-Nouri, who has produced a string of good performances at left-back.
The 20-year-old has started eight Premier League games and was excellent up against Mohamed Salah in the last-gasp defeat to Liverpool earlier this month. Indeed, his 7.12 WhoScored average rating over the course of the campaign is the best in Lage’s squad, so that performance against the Reds was no one-off.
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The Latest: Palace won’t be signing Ait-Nouri
Despite Ait-Nouri being linked with a move to Palace, Barclay has told GIVEMESPORT that the Frenchman will not be moving to Selhurst Park in the January transfer window, news which will surely come as a big boost for Wolves given the youngster’s performances in recent months.
The journalist said of the Eagles’ links with the 20-year-old as a positional rival to Tyrick Mitchell: “They’ve already got a left-back who is young and playing really well. You can see why it doesn’t really make a lot of sense, so I’d be really surprised if that happens. From what I’m told, he’s not a target.”
The Verdict: Big player for the future
Ait-Nouri has made such an impressive start to life at Wolves since joining from Angers and he looks a player of vast potential. For that reason, Wolves must do their utmost to keep hold of him for as long as possible, with the young Frenchman likely to keep Jonny out of the team upon the Spaniard’s return from injury.
His current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2026, so Wolves should at least be able to demand a big fee for his services if another club were to come knocking. The good news for now is that it’s not likely to be Crystal Palace next month.
In other news, Luke Hatfield has talked up a potential Wolves signing. Read more here.
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