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Saunders Wants To Keep Striker


11:27 5th February 2013

Boss reveals talks have begun

Boss Dean Saunders today confirmed he would like top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to sign a new contract at Wolves.


The double Championship Golden Boot winner is out of contract in the summer, and Saunders had previously revealed that Wolves turned down bids for his services in the January transfer window.


The boss says talks have begun to see if the club and Ebanks-Blake can reach agreement mindful that he could wait until the summer for potentially more options on the table.


“We’re talking about it now,” said the boss.

“We were just waiting for the window to shut and for things to calm down a bit and now we’ll crack on.


“I think he wants to stay and sign – it’s just down to agreeing the figures.


“We’ve got to reach an agreement somewhere.


“He’s always got the option of letting his contract run out which puts him in a position where no one has to pay a transfer fee for him, so he can command more money out of the whole package.


“But my plan was to turn down the money offered and we give him a new contract and he bangs goals in for us for the next three years.


“It’s hard to find goalscorers and if you’re going to buy someone to guarantee you goals in this league, it will cost you £2m unless they’re getting on a bit or they’re young like Chris Wood, and even if wasn’t guaranteed.”


Ebanks-Blake has been Wolves’ chief goal threat this season, 11 so far, and Saunders is confident he will add many more before May.


“I think he’s pleased because from what he was telling me, he wasn’t getting any chances,” added the boss.


“Now the strikers are getting chances, he’s happy.


“As long as the ball keeps going in the box as it is at the moment for us, he’ll get goals.”

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