Wolves winger Adama Traore will trade Molineux for Liverpool in January, according to former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Traore linked with Liverpool move
The Spaniard has been linked with a move to the Reds a number of times in recent weeks, having still not signed a new deal with Wolves.
With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane set to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations next month, Jurgen Klopp may need to bring in a new wide man and Traore could be a genuine target, with the Reds boss himself even naming the Spaniard as ‘unplayable‘ last season.
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Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips claimed the move will go through, bringing an end to Traore’s time at Molineux in the process:
“I think that deal will happen. Traore would jump at the chance to join Liverpool. You do not turn that opportunity down, even if you are going to sit on the bench a little bit. Traore has been at Wolves a while now.
“From Liverpool’s point of view, £20million is a good price for player who can hurt teams from the bench. He is what he is though, he can also frustrate the hell out of you.
“As an impact player I think he’d be a good signing though. I think for £20million it is a good deal all round.”
The Verdict: Time to move on
Traore’s entertainment value on a football pitch cannot be denied, given his electrifying speed and dribbling ability, but now is the time for Wolves to receive a fee for him.
To put it bluntly, the 25-year-old’s end product simply isn’t good enough, with his aforementioned no goals or assists this season a woeful return, and 28 goal contributions (10 goals, 18 assists) in 147 Wolves appearances also poor for an attacking player.
They could use the funds received for Traore to sign a superior replacement who delivers more consistently in the final third, making their attack more potent.
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