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Razak Wings In

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09:50 27th August 2012

Exciting winger completes permanent move

Wolves are delighted to confirm the arrival of exciting winger Razak Boukari, who has signed a four-year contract after joining from Rennes.

The 25-year-old Togolaise international has completed the move from the French First Division club to become Ståle Solbakken’s sixth senior signing of the summer so far.

Boukari agreed terms and completed a medical over the weekend, visiting Molineux prior to Saturday’s game with Derby before returning home to finalise his personal arrangements.

“I am so very happy to sign for Wolves,” he said.

“It will be a pleasure for me to play for the club and for the fans.

“I know the club have good supporters and I have been to the stadium which I think is beautiful.

“I play in midfield, on the right or the left, and also have the possibility to play as a striker too.

“I think I have good speed to try and take players on and am also good with my head too.

“I know it is not the Premier League but that is not a problem because I just want to play football and hopefully I can do that at Wolves.

“I want to contribute and score goals and help the team do well. – and we want to aim for promotion.

“I know there is pressure and fans wanting us to do well but that is good and I will enjoy it.”

The settling-in process when Boukari reports back tomorrow will  be boosted by the fact that former Rennes team-mate Tongo Doumbia is already on a season-long loan at Molineux and he also knows Steven Mouyokolo and Ronald Zubar.

“I already know Tongo obviously, and Steven Mouyokolo and Ronald Zubar, and I have read a lot about the club on the internet,” he added.

“I spoke to Tongo before making my decision and he said it was a very good club and he was enjoying being here.

“I think it is good to know these players already and will help me settle in.

“I signed on Saturday and then went home to see my wife and family and will be back to train with the team tomorrow.”

Boukari started his professional career at French Ligue 2 club Chateauroux, from where he joined Lens in 2006.

In four years at the club he made over 100 appearances and scored 11 goals, moving to Rennes in 2010.

Boukari notched seven goals in 37 appearances for Rennes, the club finishing last season in sixth place in Ligue 1.

Holding dual citizenship with France and Togo, Boukari made his France Under 21 debut against Sweden in 2006 but has since decided to represent Togo, currently having nine international caps to his name and one goal.

Boss Solbakken has predicted a busy week with Wolves trying to bring in several players before the transfer deadline and is pleased to have added Boukari to the squad.

“I am delighted to have signed Razak,” he confirmed.

“He is a winger with good speed who can play on both sides and give us more options in the wide areas.

“We have been aware of him and know he has played a lot of games for Rennes and had some good seasons.

“He had an injury last season but is fit now and ready to go and he will help us in what we are trying to do.”

Boukari will take squad number 17 for the new season.

His signing follows Friday’s arrival of Austrian centre back Georg Margreitter, joining Frank Nouble, Björn Sigurdarson, Tongo Doumbia and Slawomir Peszko as summer arrivals as Solbakken reshapes the Wolves squad.

 

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