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09:50 2nd January 2014

Closer on Jacobs but Gills the key

Kenny Jackett is balancing concentration between tomorrow’s crucial trip to Gillingham – and potential comings and goings behind the scenes with the transfer window once again open.

The Head Coach’s main priority at the moment is tomorrow’s game, particularly in terms of defensive selection with Richard Stearman suspended and Ethan Ebanks-Landell also a big doubt after picking up a knee injury in yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Tranmere.

Matt Doherty is also unlikely to be ready to return from his hamstring injury.

“Matt has an outside chance but more of a chance for Preston,” said Jackett.

“We’ll assess it and it’s a tough call to make straightaway after a game.

“But I would think the chances of Matt Doherty coming out of nowhere are slim.

“Our target, as a club and a medical staff, is to get him right for Preston.”

It is perhaps Preston by which time more may be known on the picture for January, with discussions already well down the road to try and extend the Wolves stay of winger Michael Jacobs.

“It has been in the hands of Kevin Thelwell over the last couple of days,” Jackett says of Jacobs, whose current loan from Derby runs out after the Gillingham fixture.

“There have been plenty of talks with Derby and we hope we can extend the loan.

“We are very pleased with Michael and it was another very good performance yesterday.

“He has been good in almost every game and I have been impressed with him.

“He has a lot in terms of being able to create and bring something to us since he has been here.

“The two options are to extend the loan or to try and take him permanently and that is in the hands of Kevin.

“Michael knows that we like him and want him to have a future at Wolves – there is no doubt about that.”

On the speculation front Wolves have been heavily linked with striker Kevin Phillips, now a free agent after his release from Crystal Palace.

“There hasn’t been any interest yet,” says the Head Coach.

“We are looking to add players but we haven’t had any contact and taking Kevin is not something we have considered or talked about - we will see.

“We will look at our injuries, see where we are and look at the balance of the front part of the side.

“From my point of view I need to get into the office tomorrow morning and assess all of our options, with the priority of Gillingham live on Sky on Friday which is the most important one.

“If players either inside or outside can help us win that game then I won’t hesitate.”

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