Recruitment boss shares what stopped Wolverhampton Wanderers signing Francois Moubandje

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Wolverhampton Wanderers tried to sign Francois Moubandje from Toulouse.

Wolverhampton Wanderers head of recruitment Kevin Thelwell has told the Express and Star that Francois Moubandje rejected the chance to move to Molineux, as he feared it would cost him a chance of going to Euro 2016.

Moubandje is in contention to travel to France this summer with Switzerland, and his desperation to represent his country blocked a move to Wolves during the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old spoke to Switzerland’s manager about a potential move to Wolves, but was told that any switch to the Championship would limit his chances of being selected.

“The deal was done with the player and the football club, but then he got cold feet on the fact we were a ‘division two’ club in his eyes, and therefore he thought he might jeopardise his European Championship place," Thelwell said.

“He spoke to the national team coach who basically said, 'that’s going to be a problem for me if you decide to go a level down'.

Moubandje currently plays for Toulouse in France, and although the Ligue 1 side seemed willing to part with the defender - he has remained with them.

Moubandje was one of a number of targets who Wolves missed out on in January, in what was a fairly frustrating month for Kenny Jackett’s side.

Although Wolves did make some additions, they missed out on three players (Express and Star), and they were also hoping to bring in another striker, even after the arrival of Joe Mason from Cardiff City.

Wolves are currently in 11th place in the Championship table, with their next fixture coming against Preston North End at the weekend.

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