Tongo Doumbia today revealed how a call from Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken helped him convince him that Wolves was the right move as he signed a season-long loan deal at Molineux.
The powerful 22-year-old midfielder has joined from Rennes with a view to a permanent deal and is set to play some part of Tuesday’s friendly at Shrewsbury.
The Mali international has vowed to give everything to the cause as he prepares to make a success of life in English football.
“I am really looking forward to playing for the fans and the manager,” he said.
“I want to help the team as much as I can as we aim for promotion.
“There were other clubs interested I had a good feeling about Wolves as soon as I spoke to the manager.
“He told me personally about his plans and showed that interest in me which was good to hear.
“I have a lot of friends playing in Europe who knew about the manager and one of my team-mates at Rennes - Alexander Tettey - is a Norwegian international.
“They all spoke highly of him and when you have that good feeling about a manager it is important.
“I also know Steven Mouyokolo very well and I am sure he will help me settle in.
“I hope I can do well and make the fans happy and also carry on to improve as well.”
Doumbia has said he is ready to adapt to the npower Championship and make his mark in the Wolves engine room ahead of a tough season.
He added: “I like to get from box to box but I also like to move forward with the ball and try and score goals.
“I am also a strong player and like to battle as well and will give everything I have for the Wolves shirt and for the club.
“It’s up to the manager but I think I am ready to play tomorrow night even if it’s just a short time.
“It will be good to start learning to play alongside my team-mates and start playing.”