Wolverhampton Wanderers plan to extend Juan Agudelo’s trial at Molineux after the US international picked up a calf injury in training, manager Kenny Jackett has revealed.
Agudelo, 21, is on trial for a second week at Wolves, and a decision on his future was set to be made before the weekend, with the striker said to be have given assurances on his desire to join the club.
Jackett, however, insists that there is no rush to get a deal done, telling the Birmingham Mail: ‘He hasn’t trained for the last couple of days and we are hoping he can be back out tomorrow [Friday] but we’re not sure. But he is still here, no decision has been made.
‘We will have some sort of idea tomorrow [Friday] and see whether he can get back. We certainly wouldn’t want to be summing it up whilst he is still injured anyway.
‘Hopefully it is a short term injury and he can perhaps carry on into next week - depending on the severity of the injury.
‘The chances of an immediate appearance anyway are quite slim, so I wouldn’t think there is necessarily a rush. Although I’m sure both parties, particularly the player, will want a decision sooner rather than later. It is not something that we can turn over in a couple of days anyway.’
Agudelo has been a free agent since leaving Stoke at the end of last season after unsuccessful attempts to acquire a work permit saw the former MLS star fail to make a single appearance for the Premier League side upon arriving from the New England Revolution in the winter transfer window.
Forced to spend the second-half of the campaign on loan at FC Utrecht as a result, the 18-times capped hitman is understood to be looking into purchasing property in Cyprus so as to acquire EU citizenship, but Jackett stresses he has little involvement on that front.
‘We are no nearer. His people are trying to make sure that that side of it is sorted, should he be available,’ he said.
‘Then it’s down to us to make a football decision.
‘We are reasonably optimistic on that side, although you can never tell but what we feel is that we lose nothing but looking at him anyway.
‘He’s looking for somewhere to train so neither party is losing anything. He is getting a good standard of training and we are having a look should that position open up for us.
‘If it comes off and he becomes a player for Wolves then that’s fantastic, particularly up front. It is hard to sign good forwards.’