Midlands latest: Wolves have funds, insists Jackett - Hughes analysing new signing's fitness

We bring you the latest news from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Derby County.

Jackett: Wolves have money to buy a striker

Kenny Jackett has revealed that Wolverhampton Wanderers have the funds available to them to sign a striker.

Wolves had been on the hunt for a clinical front-man all summer, but no deals materialised over the transfer window and they were forced to go with what they have got.

Jackett insists this wasn’t because of a lack of cash, though, as he works on a deal to bring Leicester City’s Chris Wood to the club.

“The funds are there if we can improve, there’s no doubt about that,” Jackett said.

“It’s about getting the right player at the right time, and in perhaps some cases, closing the deal. But it hasn’t been restricted."

“We made a considerable bid for Andy Delort [who moved to Wigan Athletic] and that shows the intentions if the right player is there.”

Kieran Richardson hails Roy Keane

Aston Villa midfielder Kieran Richardson has hinted that his new assistant-manager Roy Keane may have a softer side than is represented.

Richardson says Keane inspired him when they worked at Sunderland during a long-term injury.

“Throughout that season I was very upset and I put on a lot of weight and I got bigger,” Richardson said. “But just before the end Roy took me into his office and we had a massive conversation."

“He inspired me to go away in the summer and come back in better shape than I had ever been in. I went and played very well the following season.”

Hughes keeping tabs on Oussama Assaidi

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says he is assessing Oussama Assaidi’s fitness levels in training before picking him in his first-team squad

The winger, signed on loan from Liverpool on deadline day, has been out for much of the summer after a knee operation and Hughes has revealed he isn’t up to speed just yet.

“Ossie isn’t match fit but he’s training and working with the group,” the Stoke boss said.

“We’re just getting to know where he’s at. We’re mindful of the fact that he’s had a knee injury and we don’t want to compromise him by working him too hard too soon.”

Alan Irvine has faith in Boaz Myhill

Alan Irvine has faith in Boaz Myhill’s ability to cover for Ben Foster in goal at West Bromwich Albion, if needed.

The Baggies boss may have to select Myhill next weekend, when his side take on Everton in the Premier League, because Foster has returned from England duty with a thumb injury, but Irvine insists he has no qualms with picking his number two stopper.

"Boaz is a Premier League goalkeeper, he has proven that many times," Irvine said. “He stood in for Ben last year and did extremely well. I am really comfortable with him."

McLaren backs international stars

Derby County first team coach Paul Simpson says that everyone in his squad who has earned international recognition deserve their call-ups.

Nine Rams players are currently away with their respective countries and Simpson believes that it is reward for the fine form they have shown at club level.

“We’re delighted that they are all getting recognition for the work that they’re doing,” he said. “These lads all deserve that opportunity to go and player, but if we are going to be selfish, we want them to come back fresh.”

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