Midlands latest: Wolves announce fourth signing of the season, Hodgson hails Delph

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

Wolves announce George Swan signing

Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed a deal to sign George Swan.

The central defender becomes Wolves’ fourth sigining of the season, although he is a long-term investment rather than a player intended to come straight into the first-team.

Swan came through the youth system at Manchester City, but was not able to break into the first-team at the Etihad and now will hope to have a more successful time at Molineux.

Hodgson saves special mention for Delph

Roy Hodgson has saved a special mention for Fabian Delph, after his first England start last night.

The Aston Villa man excelled in the centre of the pitch in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland last night and clearly impressed his national manager.

"If I had to make a special mention, it would be for Fabian Delph,” Hodgson said.

"I thought that game was a really big occasion for him. It was great to see him play so well on his debut here in Switzerland.”

Ryan Shotton excited to link up with McClaren

Derby County loanee Ryan Shotton says that he is excited to link up with Steve McClaren.

Shotton, who joined the Rams from Stoke City, says that McClaren’s career history makes him eager to learn from his new manager.

"His CV is unbelievable and he's got a great staff around him," Shotton said.

"You only have to look at what he's done, so it was a massive thing to come and work under somebody like that."

Sebastien Pocognoli impresses Irvine

West Bromwich Albion newboy Sebastien Pocognoli has wasted little time making an impact.

The Belgian defender has already shown he has the physical attributes to compete in the Premier League, in his early displays, and Irvine says he is an example for others about how quickly you can settle.

“Pocognoli actually probably shows how players can settle in” he said. “He has settled in extremely quickly, I have been really pleased with what he has done. He has come a long way in a very short time.”

Kelvin Wilson reveals injury fears

Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson admitted that he thought that his career had finished.

Wilson has struggled with injuries in recent times, but has made a full recovery now and he says that is delighted to be back playing after thinking he may have to retire.

"I came back to Forest and played the first seven games or so, then I had a really horrible back injury and it really did scare me,” he revealed.

"I thought it would finish me. I had conversations with the physios, asking if it was it for me."

“I am confident [now] and, if the gaffer asks me to play, I would be ready.”

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