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Moving Closer On Jacobs


10:01 7th January 2014

Gaffer hopeful of permanent deal

Wolves are closing in on a permanent deal to sign winger Michael Jacobs from Derby.


The winger is due back at Molineux for talks with Head Coach Kenny Jackett hopeful of clinching a deal for a player who has impressed and he believes has plenty more to come.


“I am (optimistic), I’m very hopeful,” he said.


“We haven’t concluded anything yet but I am optimistic and I’m hopeful that we can take Michael permanently.


“We are trying to do that rather than extending the loan.


“That does reflect my confidence in him - in what he has done - and also what I think is a very bright future for a guy who is 22 years of age.


“I’m sure Derby are aware how well he has done and through Kevin Thelwell we have been in constant touch.


“We’re in a good situation as Derby have got a strong midfield with some outstanding young players.


“Michael has perhaps been unlucky there but that is to our advantage because he’s shown the type of quality he has and what I want him to do now is build on that and go from strength to strength.


“He is the right age and has the right energy to be able to do that.”


Elsewhere Jackett says the search continues for fresh blood, in particular a striker.


The Head Coach believes Wolves could do with a pacey frontman to complement the other qualities among the club’s strikers.


“It is an on-going process where we are looking at people and are trying very hard and working to improve the squad,” said Jackett.


“Everybody is looking for strikers and we are no different. Jake Cassidy has played a lot of games (as a target man) and I do feel we need some pace on our front line.


“If you can find someone who can incorporate the whole lot then that is fantastic: Big, quick, great touch, scores goals!


“At times I do feel we lack pace along our front line. If there was one particular thing, that is something we need to bring. Some pace would complement what we have. 


“We are making enquiries and we are looking to strengthen if possible. But we’re not hugely down the road.”

Defender Roger Johnson has completed a loan move to West Ham United until the end of the season.

Johnson was back at Compton yesterday after his loan move with Sheffield Wednesday but the Hammers came in to strike a temporary deal.

"It's a good opportunity for Roger to go into a Premier League club and build on what he has done at Sheffield Wednesday," said Jackett.

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