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Kightly set for Stoke

Stoke have nearly completed a deal to take Wolves winger Michael Kightly away from Molineux.

The 26-year-old has one year to run on his contract at Molineux and Wolves gaffer Ståle Solbakken has already stated that he would weight up the reasons behind either selling him for a decent transfer fee or offering him a new contract.

Well it would seem that Stoke's second bid has swayed Solbakken, with Wolves reportedly accepting a £1.5million offer, which includes another £1million in 12 months time and further instalments to make the total fee £3million.

Kightly is expected to have a medical today and complete the deal, assuming personal terms can be agreed.

Vital Wolves Comment: Kightly's departure is the biggest blow of all the players who have left Molineux so far this summer.

While there is arguments for and against letting Adlene Guedioura, Sam Vokes and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing leave, it seemed just plain daft that we were letting Kightley's contract run down.

He would have been an important player for us this season and obviously the lure of the Premier League probably would have meant that he would have left anyway, at least if we had tied him down to a contract earlier we could have perhaps forced a bigger fee.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 7 2012

Time: 9:05AM

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I just cant believe this has happened, surely he is worth more to us for a year than 1.5. He helped us get promoted the last time!! I just hope he fails his medical, remember stoke turned demba ba away?!
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07/08/2012 09:12:00

Very dissapointed. He has looked so sharp in pre-season too. Was really hoping for big things from Kites this season. Oh Well.
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07/08/2012 09:29:00

Ive moaned enough about this already, but just so we are clear - GOODBYE JUDAS - HOPE YOU ROT !!
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07/08/2012 09:52:00

As said above. Goodbye JUDAS - HOPE YOU ROT !!
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07/08/2012 10:24:00

I don't agree with either of the judas posts. The reason he only has 12 months on his contract is because the club didn't keep the faith that his previous form would return. The last contract talks only gave him a year extension! I am very disappointed at the board for this one...yet again....
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07/08/2012 10:50:00

Im not one for making comments etc but I think management are crazy to even contemplating the potential losses of either Kightly or Jarvis. They are worth more than any money they would receive for them. Infact maybe the team should be built around these two .... Also agree with a few others comments regarding last seasons defence ... we need a damn good clear out as they did not fulfill their duties at all. Maybe football should bring in performance pay then lets see how hard they work.
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07/08/2012 11:21:00

I would have prefered him to stay but he doesn't want to,so that's that.It was never going to be a case of the club dictating to players that they can't leave, although there doesn't seem to be a lot of concern inside the club about him leaving. The impression Jezogel gave was that only 'silly money' would convince the club to part with a player they wanted to keep.What he failed to mention (unlike us on here) was that if the player wants to leave then there's nothing, realistically, a club can do to stop them.He also failed to mention that the outside world may not have as high an opinion of our players as they may have in proven PL performers.Letting them rot in the reserves, whilst paying them, until they can leave as a free-agent is the barrel any restless player has the club over. I've been going on for some time about the somewhat fantastic valuations fans have put on our players. We were relegated without so much as a whimper, ffs! Nobody anywhere thinks our players are THAT good, and who can blame them!The only real money we can get is for Fletch. Jarvis and Doyle would be next but not for the kind of prices that have been bandied about. I reckon SF's move is already a done deal (and has been for some time). His agent was seen up there as soon as the rumours of Sunderland's interest became known. Same goes for Jarvis. Moxey may be trying to stagger the departures, or leave them as late as possible, hoping for a minimum amount of damage to ticket sales for next season.The most important opinion at the club, regarding the team, is SS's and I don't feel that Kightly leaving has in any way troubled him. In fact he's appeared (going by his quotes) quite nonchalant about the whole thing. I like that. I hope he share my view that they can all f*** off... having failed in their duties so miserably for the best part of 3 seasons, that is. Get what you can for them Stale and keep that broom a sweeping. Kightly may not be Wolves for much longer but I always will be. Don't slam the door on your way out, Michael, you might injure yourself!
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07/08/2012 15:18:00

Let's see what he has to say after signing. If the club wanted him or he wanted out. If the latter then Judas is the right term. Two years of injury we stood by him, reaks of Davies to bolton all over again. Stoke of all people, the home of anti-football. Having said all this we must trust in stale.
gregory house
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07/08/2012 15:24:00

.....and the nobodies of anti-football. at that, GH. The somebodies, somehow, did win the CL.
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07/08/2012 16:14:00

I'm disappointed but not overly concerned to get a 3mil profit from a player that spends more time on the table than on the pitch. If selling Kightly is the difference between losing Jarvo then so be it. At least Jarvo is fit. Stale clearly has replacements in place so we must trust his judgement. I suspect that Stale doesn't like the over use of wingers and prefers the steady midfield possession game, hence Kightly and Hammill leaving. The foreign Legion are arriving on mass so you can see what Stale is hoping for. We'll never be a Barcelona but if he can at least get us playing in their style then that can't be a bad thing.
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07/08/2012 16:29:00

Putting myself in Kightlys shoes: I would be off also.. I'm 26 years old and want to play Premier League football. I would like to do that with Wolves, but Wolves are not guaranteed to be straight back up and with my injury prone history, it's now or never, as my career could well be over before I reach 30... Kightly has always suffered with injuries, long before he was at Wolves... I hope if he does go, that he fulfills some of his potential and achieves something for himself before its too late or over a sense of 'loyalty' for a club that stood by him? Come on, he was an employee and his employer has a responsibility to take care of their employees... All that said I do like and agree with WS84 comments.
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07/08/2012 21:18:00

I've held back from commenting on this until I see him holding up their shirt, and I will reserve most comment until we find out whether he asked for the move or whether the club decided to 'cash in.' In short, if he has asked for a move it will prove another case of the modern age of football, taking in mind his comments when he finally did get fit that he just wanted to thank the club and the fans and repay their faith in him. Something tells me the club has done this though. There is a mention he was only offered an extra year, I would like to know where that information came from. If so then I guess you would have to look at what they offered him. For me, it would have been better keeping him for another season considering how much we have paid in wages for him to sit in rehabilitation- why not forget the 2 million, get the season out of him and if he wants to go for nothing next year then so be it. They will not find a replacement of his quality for the money they are talking of him going for so that nullifies any justification in a sale. Expected players to leave but not this one. People talk about the manager being casual about it, but from what I read he talked him up in his plans and said they were negotiating with him. If he has gone to Stoke he has gone. I will be very disapointed with the club for not holding on to him, disapointed with him if he pushed for a move. Either way my greatest concern is the message this has sent out to the likes of Fletcher and Jarvis.
New York City Wolf
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08/08/2012 03:27:00

NYCW: I also think that we have lost a vital player. As you point out, he's worth more to us on the field for a season than the sum of money we are about to receive. You seem disheartened. Does this mean that you are not going to see the Leicester game when you are over?
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08/08/2012 07:06:00

I'm going to the leicester game!
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08/08/2012 08:25:00

Ok, its confirmed on wolves site that kightly wanted to go and not sign a new contract which was offered. This saddens me.
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08/08/2012 09:58:00

Me too, Patrickdoran ... but I will be at the Leicester game, although on crutches after a knee op. I expect I'll have to loan them to our team to prop up the dodgy defence!
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08/08/2012 10:49:00

Very disappointed to see Kights go, especially at such a snip. I'm sure he'll do really well at Stoke. But all players want to play at the top level. No loyalty in football now, its all about money. Lets hope that his replacement posesses the same quailty. UTW!!
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08/08/2012 11:16:00

Michael Kightly on Stoke: “The Club sold itself to me. What they have achieved over the past few years has been remarkable. Then there’s the excellent facilities and, of course, the supporters. So, it’s definitely a Club that is moving in the right direction.”
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08/08/2012 16:56:00

I'll still be at the game- have to get myself to the games when I am over. Hate to call it but my last sentence, my biggest fear was the message it would send to the others players. Within 24 hours of his move effectively been announced Fletcher has handed in a request according to Sky Sports. The club said they would do everything to hold on to their best players. They had a decision to make on Kightly. I stick by what I say, I would have kept him for the year and get what we can from him because his worth outweighs the sum. As for doing everything we can to keep our best players, 'relucatantly' selling him is not trying hard enough. Negotiating a fee with Sunderland for Fletcher is not trying to keep him either- it is just a case of swelling our already healthy bank balance. WHo the hell are the going to sign to replace a player of that quality. I did say, that after the clubs comments we would see one of two outcomes. They buckle and start negotiating or the players will ask to leave and you could not really hold it against the club. Plot thickens however in the timing, because I would say SF has looked at the Kightly move and said alright they aren't trying hard enough for my liking. We kick off proper in a week and a half so the timing of all of this is exactly what we did not need.
New York City Wolf
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08/08/2012 17:35:00

Get the 12 mil and bang an offer in for Jordan Rhoades. A real prospect that would do well along side Siggy. Also use some of it to get us a CD and LB.
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09/08/2012 08:29:00


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