Wolves have completed the signing of 18-year-old midfielder Lee Evans from Newport County.
The highly-rated midfielder has completed a medical the clubs have agreed a deal which sees Evans move to Molineux for an undisclosed fee.
The Wales Under-18 captain has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract and goes into Wolves’ Development Squad.
Evans is viewed as one the brightest young prospects in Welsh football and has attracted the attention of several Premier League and Championship clubs.
The central midfielder broke into the first team during the 2011/12 season and won a starting line-up in the FA Trophy Final against York City at Wembley last May.
Wolves Head of Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell said: “There has been a lot of interest from Premier League and Championship clubs in Lee.
“We have been tracking him for a long time and the recruitment team of Stuart (Webber) and Chris (Badlan) have gone a great job.
“For an 18-year-old player it’s going to be a good step for him coming into the Elite Stage of the Under-21 league and those games – and the pace and intensity of training – will be different to what he has been used to even though he has been full-time at Newport.
“I very much see the remainder of the season being an induction into the Wolves way and into our style of play and getting him up to speed both mentally and physically and technically and tactically as well.”
Evans admitted he is “delighted” to have joined Wolves.
“I had been aware of a few clubs that were looking from reading the local press back home,” he says.
“But as soon as I knew Wolves were interested I just wanted to get here as quickly as I could.
“The facilities are superb here and it is a great opportunity for me.
“I do want to thank everyone at Newport for everything they have done, especially the manager Justin Edinburgh for giving me my chance.
“For him to have all that faith in me and pick a 17-year-old to play at Wembley was unbelievable.
“And Glyn Jones and the Academy have all been great to me as well and helped me develop my game.
“I’m looking forward to a new challenge now and getting going here at Wolves.
“I’ll go into the Under-21s set-up and from there it’s up to me to try and impress and, like all the young players, see if I can get in and around the first team squad.
“There are a few other Welsh lads here and obviously the manager is very well known in Wales - hopefully I will do well enough to play for him in the future.”