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Jermaine Pennant vows to seize chance to shine at Wolves

Pennant vows to seize chance to shine at Wolves after being frozen out by Stoke

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UPDATED:

09:40 GMT, 16 October 2012

Jermaine Pennant is relishing the chance to get his career back on track at Wolves after joining the Championship side on loan.

The out-of-favour winger agreed a deal to link up with
Stale Solbakken at Molineux until the new year after he was told he
could leave the Britannia Stadium by Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

Future's bright: Wolves' loan signing Jermaine Pennant

Future's bright: Wolves' loan signing Jermaine Pennant

And the 29-year-old is eager to impress and help Wolves maintain their promotion push.

'I'm excited to have made the loan move,' he said.

'Wolves are a massive club and it's been a tough game and a great encounter every time I've played against them.

'And there has always been a really good atmosphere in the games at Molineux which is a great ground.

'I'm just looking to do the best I can for Wolves and try to keep them towards the top of the table.

'Hopefully at the same time it will be good for me as well to get some games.

'Obviously it's not gone as planned for me at Stoke so far this season.

Fresh challenge: Pennant has a point to prove

Fresh challenge: Pennant has a point to prove

'But I've got a great opportunity now.

'It is in the Championship but it is at a very good club in a very competitive league.

'Wolves are going well at the moment and are third in the table and hopefully I can help maintain that and give the team a boost.'

Pennant boasts plenty of Premier League pedigree after spells with Stoke, Liverpool and Arsenal and he had plenty of options after being frozen out by Pulis.

He added: 'There were other teams involved but with the stature of Wolves, and their position in the table, helped make my mind up.

'I did some research into it and know they want to play good football and have got good training facilities.

Boost: Pennant boasts plenty of Premier League pedigree

Boost: Pennant boasts plenty of Premier League pedigree

'It is close to home as well and in all was the perfect choice.

'If I can get on the ball as much as possible hopefully I can benefit the club.

'I have come in here to do a job as any professional would and I'm ready to give it my all.'

Pennant joining in with full training on Tuesday and set his sights on making his debut against Huddersfield on Saturday.

'I know Karl (Henry) from back with the England Under-21s a few years ago and also Sylvan Ebanks-Blake a bit from playing against him,' Pennant explained.

'All the lads have made me feel welcome and I feel a part of it already.

'I'm looking forward to my first proper training session today and the first game.

'It's always a little bit like your first day at school when you're at a
new club but hopefully once I get going I'll get into the pace of it
straightaway.

'My fitness levels are great and I'm 100 per cent and I just came in and did a few medical tests and bits and pieces yesterday.

'I'm not presuming I'm going to go straight into the team on Saturday –
I might be on the bench and need to get used to it a bit.

'After that there are two home games and by then I am sure I will be bedded in a lot more.'

Wolves players and fans may remember Pennant notching the third goal in a hugely disappointing night at the Britannia in a 3-0 defeat 18 months ago.

Now though he is committed to putting smiles on Wolves faces.

'I won't be mentioning that one!' he says when asked about the goal.

'I'm playing in the black and gold now so hopefully can give Wolves fans some better memories of me.'

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Wolves 1 Derby 1: Match report

Wolves 1 Derby 1: Robinson leaves it late to earn Rams a point

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 25 August 2012

Substitute Theo Robinson struck deep into injury time to rescue a point for Derby at Molineux.

Robinson, dropped from the squad for the game against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Tuesday night, responded in the best possible fashion with his second goal of the season to salvage a 1-1 draw for Nigel Clough's side.

It had looked like Kevin Doyle's first-half strike would be enough for Wolves to get all three points.

Point made: Derby's Theo Robinson celebrates with team mates after the game after earning a draw

Point made: Derby's Theo Robinson celebrates with team mates after the game after earning a draw

MATCH FACTS

Wolves: Ikeme, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko, Edwards (Elokobi 76), Davis (Forde 58), Doumbia (Jonsson 86), Doyle, Ebanks-Blake.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Sigurdarson, Nouble.

Goals: Doyle 35.

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, O'Connor, Keogh, Roberts, Coutts (Jacobs 80), Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes (Tyson 67), Ward, Sammon (Robinson 80).

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Doyle, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Goals: Robinson 90.

Attendance: 21,861

Referee: Jon Moss

Both sides hit the frame of the goal prior to Doyle's strike – Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the hosts and Jamie Ward for Derby.

The Rams had enough of the ball in the second half to get something out of the game and Robinson's effort ensured that they did.

With Matt Jarvis departing for West Ham in a club record deal this week, Wolves manager Stale Solbakken was forced to change a winning team.

Winger Jarvis, unlike last season's top scorer Steven Fletcher who also left Molineux on Friday for Sunderland, had played in both of Wolves' npower Championship fixtures to date, impressing against Leeds and Barnsley. David Edwards replaced him.

Solbakken was forced into another change in midfield, with Karl Henry absent from the squad following his second-half withdrawal during the 3-1 win over Barnsley in midweek. David Davis came in for the Wanderers skipper.

Derby made one change after losing 2-0 at Bolton on Tuesday night with teenager Will Hughes replacing Nathan Tyson, who dropped down to the bench. New signing Kieron Freeman was also among the substitutes for the Rams.

On target: Robinson gets Derby's goal

On target: Robinson gets Derby's goal

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Ebanks-Blake hit the crossbar in the 10th minute after Doyle had knocked the ball into his path just six yards out.
The former Manchester United trainee then saw a header tipped over by Rams goalkeeper Frank Fielding less than a minute later.

At the other end, Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme got a hand to Ward's effort to divert the ball on to a post.
Solbakken's side made the breakthrough 10 minutes before half-time.

Going ahead: Kevin Doyle puts Wolves 1-0 up

Going ahead: Kevin Doyle puts Wolves 1-0 up

Edwards crossed from the right and
Slawomir Peszko cleverly shielded the ball from his marker, letting it
run across his body and into the path of Doyle who made no mistake from
close range.
Ikeme denied Ward again early in the second half.

Richard Keogh should really have got Derby level after 65 minutes but the defender headed over from a corner.
Wolves
lead was looking a precarious one and Ronald Zubar should have eased
the tension late on but, like Keogh, he missed the target with a header.

It proved costly as Robinson, on as an
80th-minute replacement for Conor Sammon, curled a right-foot shot into
the bottom corner in the third minute of added time.

Everton want Wolves duo Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward

Everton prepare double swoop for Wolves duo Doyle and Ward

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07:25 GMT, 23 August 2012

Kevin Doyle is firmly back on Everton’s radar – along with left back Stephen Ward.

Everton manager David Moyes was at Molineux on Tuesday night to see Doyle and Ward help Wolves to a 3-1 win over Barnsley.

Moyes has long admired Doyle’s unstinting work-rate and had a bid for his services last January rejected.

Wanted: Kevin Doyle (left) is a target for Everton boss David Moyes

Wanted: Kevin Doyle (left) is a target for Everton boss David Moyes

Everton
are one of four Premier League clubs — Reading are another — tracking
Doyle, who signed a contract extension last September which runs until
2015.

Doyle is not rocking the boat but his
fellow Ireland man Stephen Hunt appears to be close to the exit door
after he was unable to make the bench on Tuesday night.

Moving on Shane Long is attracting the attention of Tottenham

Moving on Shane Long is attracting the attention of Tottenham

A cluster of Premier League clubs, including Fulham, are tracking the 31-year-old.

Ireland striker Shane Long, 25, who is highly-regarded at West Bromwich Albion, is also on the wanted list of Tottenham.

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Wolves 3 Barnsley 1: Stale Solbakken wins his first game

Wolves 3 Barnsley 1: Solbakken sees his side get their season up and running

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21:03 GMT, 21 August 2012

Much-improved Wolves finally got their npower Championship campaign up and running with a deserved victory over Barnsley.

The Black Country club have endured a difficult summer following relegation from the top flight and speculation still continues to surround the futures of several players, most notably wantaway striker Steven Fletcher and winger Matt Jarvis.

But after an unconvincing cup victory over Aldershot on penalties and defeat to Leeds at the weekend, there was finally some welcome cheer at Molineux as boss Stale Solbakken celebrated his first league win at the helm and Wolves' first on home soil in 2012.

Battle: Wolves' Matt Jarvis and Barnsley's Stephen Foster

Battle: Wolves' Matt Jarvis and Barnsley's Stephen Foster

MATCH FACTS:

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Zubar, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Peszko, Henry (Edwards 64), Doumbia (Davis 74), Jarvis, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 64).

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Nouble, Forde.
Goals: Ward 8, Ebanks-Blake 61, Edwards 70.

Barnsley: Gonzalez, Hassell (Cranie 66), Foster, Wiseman, Golbourne, Etuhu,Perkins (Dawson 51), Mellis, Cywka, Harewood (Dagnall 57), Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lidakevicius, Collins, Clark, Rose.

Booked: Cywka.

Goals: Cywka 79.

Attendance: 24,400

Referee: Phil Gibbs

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It was only Wanderers' second league
victory of any kind since early December, highlighting why Solbakken was
so desperately keen to shake off the losing mentality that dogged the
club over the latter part of last season.

Stephen Ward broke the deadlock with
only eight minutes on the clock before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake added a
second just after the hour mark and Dave Edwards headed a third.

Tomasz Cywka pulled one back for the
Tykes but it was Wolves' night as they recorded a seventh successive
home win over their South Yorkshire visitors.

Solbakken made two changes from Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Leeds.
Transfer-listed defender Christophe Berra returned – minus the majority
of the boos which accompanied his Capital One Cup performance against
the Shots – while midfielder Slawomir Peszko was also handed his first
start.

Barnsley also made two alterations
from the XI who saw off Middlesbrough 1-0 at the weekend, Bobby Hassell
and Kelvin Etuhu coming in for injured pair John Stones and Matty Done.

But the visitors found themselves behind early on.

First win: Stale Solbakken saw his Wolves side win at Molineux

First win: Stale Solbakken saw his Wolves side win at Molineux

Tykes goalkeeper David Gonzalez saved
from Roger Johnson's eighth-minute header but the Colombian was beaten
just 30 seconds later as Ward was sent clear by Ebanks-Blake and
finished coolly.

Craig Davies and Ebanks-Blake exchanged efforts off target at either end amid a lively opening quarter.

And it was the home side who started
to strengthen their grip on proceedings as the first half wore on,
putting together plenty of neat approach play although Ward and skipper
Karl Henry failed to trouble Gonzalez.

Johnson blocked well from Cywka as Barnsley enjoyed a spell of pressure while Kevin Doyle brought another save from Gonzalez.

Jacob Mellis then drilled narrowly
wide of Carl Ikeme's goal as Wolves took a deserved lead into the
interval, with Solbakken's only disappointment probably that his side
were not more than one goal to the good.

Marlon Harewood whistled an effort
wide at the start of the second half but it was Wolves who did double
their advantage in the 61st minute.

Ebanks-Blake, in plenty of space,
received the ball in the middle of the penalty area and beat Gonzalez
with a well-taken finish into the bottom corner.

And it was soon 3-0 as Jarvis' cross was met by the head of the onrushing Edwards and he buried the ball home.

Cywka pulled one back for Barnsley
with 12 minutes remaining, converting Etuhu's cross from the right, but
the game was already wrapped up.

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Karl Henry signs new Wolves deal

Henry snubs Premier League return after signing Wolves deal

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11:37 GMT, 15 August 2012

Karl Henry says he snubbed interest from the Barclays Premier League to stay with Wolves after penning a new long-term deal.

The midfielder, who was stripped of the captaincy by former manager Mick McCarthy, claims there were a 'couple' of top-flight clubs interested in securing his services.

New deal: Henry has committed his future to Wolves until 2016

New deal: Henry has committed his future to Wolves until 2016

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But Henry has committed his future to the Championship club after agreeing a deal which will see him remain at Molineux until 2016.

'I think there was some interest from a couple of clubs in the Premier League but I was happy to commit my future to the club and I am fully committed to the cause,' Henry told the club's official website.

'I already had two years remaining but am delighted to have extended my deal which takes me up to ten years here and would make me eligible for a testimonial as well.

'Last time we were in the Championship it was a very good year and hopefully we can have another one like that.'

The 29-year-old added: 'It has been a tough three years in the Premier League and maybe not as enjoyable as we all hoped it was going to be.

'There were some great moments of course but it has also been a real battle to stay up and last year we fell short.'

Wolves bid 3m for Pedro Geromel

Wolves bid for boy from Brazil! Molineux club make 3m Geromel bid

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23:18 GMT, 13 August 2012

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Wolves have launched a 3million bid for Cologne defender Pedro Geromel, 26. The Brazilian is also wanted by Sevilla and Celta Vigo.

Blackpool are signing Algerian striker Adda Djeziri, 24, on a one year deal. QPR watched St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, 17, against Lille at the weekend. Manchester United and City are also showing interest.

Wanted by Wolves: Pedro Geromel

Wanted by Wolves: Pedro Geromel

Blackburn have abandoned their bid to sign John Guidetti after being quoted 6m by Manchester City and learning the 20-year-old striker will not be fit until October because he has contracted a virus causing partial leg paralysis.

Derby want Nottingham Forest's Kieron Freeman and will finalise a 1.2m deal for Wigan striker Connor Sammon this week. Coventry are considering a deal for Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings who has been on trial.

Wolves reject Steven Fletcher bid so Sunderland will try again

Wolves reject 12m Sunderland Fletcher bid so Wickham loan could be used to sweeten deal

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Wolves have turned down Sunderland’s offer for 25-year-old Steven Fletcher of 12million, so Martin O’Neill is likely to improve his bid by offering teenage striker Connor Wickham on a season’s loan.

Wolves are holding out for their 15m asking price because Fletcher’s former club Burnley are due 15 per cent of any profit over the 7m they sold him for.

Renewed effort: Sunderland will bid again for Steven Fletcher

Renewed effort: Sunderland will bid again for Steven Fletcher

The Molineux club, who pulled off a
coup by signing Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia on loan on Sunday, may
reject the offer of 8m-rated Wickham, 19, as they already have enough
strikers.

Aston Villa are also keen on Fletcher but will struggle to match Sunderland’s bid.

Wolves
have also turned down a 2m offer from Stoke City for Michael Kightly,
26, as revealed in Sportsmail while Fulham have offered 4m for Matt
Jarvis, also 26.

Sunderland bid for Steven Fletcher

Sunderland bid for Wolves striker Fletcher but 10m asking price tough to match

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17:06 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Sunderland have formalised their interest in Wolves striker Steven Fletcher by tabling a bid.

Sportsmail understands the Black Cats have made a formal offer for the 25-year-old Scotland international after months of speculation over his future.

Fletcher, who has two years remaining on his contract at Molineux, is understood to be among manager Martin O'Neill's main targets this summer as he attempts to plug the gaps left by Asamoah Gyan and Nicklas Bendtner.

Target: Steven Fletcher is on Martin O'Neill's list

Target: Steven Fletcher is on Martin O'Neill's list

However, relegated Wolves reportedly value the player at around 10million, and it remains to be seen whether or not Sunderland's bid comes close to persuading them to sell.

Former Hibernian frontman Fletcher joined the Black Country club from Burnley two summers ago, and although he personally has performed creditably in the Barclays Premier League, has been relegated twice during his time in the English top flight.

O'Neill has, to date, made only one signing since the end of last season after completing a move for free agent Carlos Cuellar following the expiry of his deal at Aston Villa.

At the same time, a procession of players have headed out of the Stadium of Light, many of them from the fringes of the senior squad, but including the likes of Gyan, Scotland keeper Craig Gordon and central defender Michael Turner.

The Ulsterman revealed last week that the club was monitoring several situations and that he hoped to make a breakthrough soon.

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Wolves agree Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson deal

Wolves boss Solbakken begins recruitment drive with capture of striker Sigurdarson

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11:24 GMT, 19 June 2012

Wolves have agreed a deal to sign
Iceland international striker Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson subject to the player
agreeing terms and coming through a medical.

Sigurdarson is expected to pen a four-year contract at Molineux after an undisclosed fee was agreed with Lillestrom.

On his way: Bjorn Sigurdarson (right)

On his way: Bjorn Sigurdarson (right)

The 21-year-old is committed to playing in the Norwegian Premier League outfit's next three games before arriving in Wolverhampton on July 13 to become boss Stale Solbakken's first signing.

'I am very pleased that an agreement has been reached for us to sign Bjvrn,' said Solbakken in a club statement.

'He is an exciting young prospect who has the quality to help us achieve our aims both in the short and long term.

'We look forward to the deal being completed next month after which Bjvrn will be able to join us as we prepare for the new season.'

Wolves CEO Jez Moxey added: 'Negotiations have been slightly more complex than usual due to the Norwegian League being halfway through the season, but as a result of extensive discussions we now have an agreement.'

Sigurdarson, the half-brother of former Wolves midfielder Joey Gudjonsson, has been in impressive form for Lillestrom this term, netting seven goals in 11 appearances.

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Kevin Doyle to remain at Wolves

Doyle pledges future to Wolves despite club's relegation to Championship

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22:07 GMT, 21 May 2012

Kevin Doyle has vowed to stay at Wolves to play his part in their return to the Barclays Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland striker has admitted he feels he owes the Midlands club after scoring just four goals in their relegation from the top flight.

Doyle, who was signed in a then club record fee of 6.5million by former boss Mick McCarthy two years ago, has not ruled out a move away from Molineux if he is forced out by new manager Stale Solbakken. But he wants to fight for his future at Wolves once he returns from Euro 2012 duties with Ireland.

Staying put: Kevin Doyle (centre) wants to help Wolves win promotion

Staying put: Kevin Doyle (centre) wants to help Wolves win promotion

Doyle, who believes Wolves were wrong to sack former Ireland boss McCarthy said: 'It was not one of my best seasons and I probably didn't enjoy it from start to finish. I'm glad it's over and I'm glad the Euros are coming up.

'I won't make a rash decision on my future. Ideally I would love to be back playing in the Premier League but also I don't want to be relegated again. I would rather have a year in the Championship fighting to be promoted.

'I think they should have kept Mick definitely until the end of the season but losing 5-1 to West Brom is something that will never be let go. So when you're a chairman and that happens it must be difficult not to press the red button.'

Main man: Stale Solbakken has taken over the reins at Wolves

Main man: Stale Solbakken has taken over the reins at Wolves

Doyle remained Giovanni Trapattoni's first choice partner for Ireland captain Robbie Keane throughout their successful qualifying campaign.

But he has his room-mate and former Reading and Cork City team-mate Shane Long competing for the right to start alongside LA Galaxy veteran Keane for Ireland's three European Championship finals games in Poland, as well as Stoke's Jon Walters and Long's West Brom colleague Simon Cox.

Doyle added: 'It was tough for everyone to get through the last few weeks of the season but, at least, myself, Stephen Ward, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Foley had this to keep ourselves fit and stay motivated.

International star: Doyle (second left) will play for Ireland at Euro 2012

International star: Doyle (second left) will play for Ireland at Euro 2012

'We can have an unbelievable finish to the season whereas the other Wolves have nothing to put it right. They go away with their tales between their legs whereas we have a European Championship. And I think a lot of them were fairly jealous of us.

'I always have an inner confidence. Some days you can hit a million shots and not hit the side of a bus. Your day to day can go up and down but I know how to play and I know how I can play. Self-belief is never an issue.'