Report: Wolves take former Barcelona defender on trial

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett

The Championship club have made just one signing so far this window.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny JackettWolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett

Wolverhampton Wanderers have seemingly stepped up their preparations for the new season by taking former Barcelona youngster Godswill Ekpolo on trial, the Express and Star reports.

Wolves have so far made just one signing this summer, with goalkeeper Andy Lonergan arriving to rival Carl Ikeme. But despite being linked with other names, including Nick Powell, boss Kenny Jackett previously hinted to the Express and Star that getting any deals across the line was going to be extremely difficult while talks over a potential takeover continue. 

Nick Powell (L) scores the fourth goal for Manchester UnitedJackett previously suggested that moves for targets, like Nick Powell, couldn't happen while takeover talk was ongoing

However, with the new season just under three weeks away, it appears that Jackett has been given something of a green light to pursue some new deals after Ekpolo joined the club on trial.

The 21-year-old is a free agent after being released by the Catalan giants earlier in the summer. While the Express and Star reports that he did train with Barca's first-team, he failed to make an appearance for the senior side, though he did captain one of the youth teams during his time there.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett

The Nigerian played all of Wolves' 2-1 friendly win over Hednesford Town at the weekend, but the Express and Star adds that neither the player nor the club has made their mind up regarding whether there is potential for a deal to be done.

While Ekpolo came through the ranks at one of the strongest youth academies in the world, some Wolves supporters will surely be concerned about the lack of established players arriving through the door at Molineux this summer. 

Molineux - general view

The lack of activity may remind fans of their first season in the second tier following their relegation from the Premier League in 2012. There was a similarly quiet start to the window when Stale Solbakken arrived - with most of their new signings arriving in late August - and that arguably contributed to their relegation to League One. 

And while Wolves undoubtedly have some exciting players, Jackett may be concerned that seemingly having his hands tied in the transfer market - barring bringing unproven players in on trial - may end their promotion hopes before the new campaign has even begun.

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