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Wage bill prevented more moves for Wolves

Another transfer deadline day passes and yet more disappointment for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The summer transfer window saw Stale Solbakken splash the cash all over Europe, remoulding the side after relegation from the Premier League.

His signing have proved to be hit and miss, some gems, some, well not so much.

He didn't stay in the job long enough to make any moves in the January transfer window, that task fell to new gaffer Dean Saunders who made various comments in the media about who and what he was trying to bring in and ultimately, didn't really do the business he was hoping.

The loan window re-opened of course and he did make immediate moves bringing in Kaspars Gorkss from Reading and Jack Robinson from Liverpool.

With the injuries to Carl Ikeme, Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako Wolves were expected to make some big moves ahead of the deadline passing on Thursday night, but once again it didn't really materialise.

We did decide to sign 30-year-old keeper Marian Kello after he came in for a three-day trial, he was a free agent so little money needed to pass hands there, while 20-year-old Wigan winger Nouha Dicko also signed on loan.

Frenchman Dicko spent the first half of the season on loan at Championship side Blackpool, he made just two starts in five months, with 20 appearances coming from the bench. He did score 5 goals in that time so perhaps some potential is there.

He's also made three appearances for Wigan as part of their FA Cup run which has seen them reach Wembley.

Kello, a Czechoslovakia born Slovakian international, has had even less game time this season.

He left Scottish Premier League side Hearts 11 months ago after 86 appearances in four years. He went on to join Romanian club Astra Giurgiu, making 3 appearances before leaving in December.

He's been a free agent ever since and signs a short-term deal, but isn't expected to oust Dorus de Vries.

"The club don`t feel like we can take on another wage on top of the current wage bill, with the Financial Fair Play rules coming in, A lot of players we tried to get wouldn`t come here unless they had contracts at the end of it.' Saunders told the Shropshire Star.

He continued: "What`s been said to me - and I understand it - is if we don`t stay up, we`ll have players with wages which aren`t going to work in League One.

"As the manager, I`ve got to understand that."

Vital Wolves Comment: In the same article, Chief executive Jez Moxey confirmed that 31-year-old Reading loanee Kaspars Gorkss will become a permanent transfer if we remain in the Championship. According to reports that will prove to be a two-year-deal at 20,000-a-week.

Saunders has been able to do limited business since arriving from Doncaster, so how would you rank that move? It would seem a large part of his budget has gone on Gorkss, is he worth it?

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Date:Saturday March 30 2013

Time: 10:00AM

 

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