Wolves sign Leander Dendoncker permanently from Anderlecht in £12m transfer

1 Jul

Wolves have completed the permanent signing of Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old joined Wanderers on a season-long loan last August, with the club having an obligation to sign him this summer.

Dendoncker became an important member of the Wolves first team
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And although it took him time to adjust, the midfielder eventually made a big impression as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side reached the FA Cup semi-final and finished seventh in the Premier League.

“He came in a bit later in the window and took time to settle and get used to the way in which we operate and play,” said the club’s sporting director, Kevin Thelwell.

“But since he broke into the team he’s been terrific.

“He’s very professional, very honest and very hard-working, so he fits the team perfectly.”

It is understood the fee Wolves have paid for Dendoncker is £12million, though the club have not announced the length of the deal.

 

Dendoncker made 19 league appearances during his debut season at Molineux, netting twice.

After two outings in the Carabao Cup in August and September, the Belgian had to wait another three months for his league debut, coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

But then became a regular member of the starting line-up in 2019.

“I believe a lot of the success we had in the second part of the season was down to a big contribution from him,” added Thelwell.

“There was always an obligation to turn Leander’s deal permanent, so we’re delighted it’s worked out the way it has. He has been a welcome addition to the group.”

Before moving to Wolves, Dendoncker played almost 200 games for Anderlecht after coming through their youth system, making Champions League and Europa League appearances along the way.

Fantasy Premier League tips: The 30 best bargains you should sign for your team

28 Jun

It’s that time of year again as the Fantasy Premier League is up and running once more.

Managers around the world will be trying to build an FPL squad using the £100million budget handed to them.

They will want to pick some of the world-class talents available, even if they’re all very expensive.

This means bosses need to pick up the odd bargain to balance their 15-man selection.

It can be tricky as you want a cheap star but also need them to step up should one of your main men fall foul, whether it be through injury, suspension, or just rotation.

So, who are the best Fantasy Premier League bargains this season? Find out below.

Goalkeepers

Mathew Ryan (Brighton) – £4.5m

The Australian goalkeeper has showcased his talents in the Premier League and is a reliable option at a low fee.

Under new manager Graham Potter you would expect improvements from the Seagulls and that hopefully means more clean sheets for Ryan.

Angus Gunn (Southampton) – £4.5m

The ex-Manchester City goalkeeper became a regular for the Saints at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

He looks set to continue as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s No.1 so could be a useful player to have in rotation with a top shot-stopper.

Gunn is set to have his first full season as the Saints’ No.1
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Rui Patricio (Wolves) – £5m

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost gatecrashed the top six in their first season back in the Premier League.

With some reinforcements they could do similar in 2019/20 and Patricio is the reliable goalkeeper to help them do just that.

He will want more than the nine clean sheets he claimed last year, though.

Defenders

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – £5.5m

This could be even better when his move to Manchester United goes through.

He’s already an outstanding defensive full-back and if he can develop a better game in the final third then the Red Devils could have an outrageous talent on their hands.

FPL managers, meanwhile, could have a tonne of points.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is in line to become the world’s most expensive full-back
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Michael Keane (Everton) – £5.5m

One of the best players in the Premier League when it comes to winning aerial duels, the Toffees ace hasn’t quite got amongst the goals as he might have liked in previous campaigns.

When Burnley were promoted to the top-flight in 2015/16 he netted five times and could hit those heights again if he stays injury free.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – £5.5m

Now a fully fledged England international, the Foxes ace got four assists last season but didn’t get on the scoresheet once.

Another season of development might see those figures increase in 2019/20 and if so you’ll want him in your team.

Chilwell has committed his future to Leicester
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Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £5.5m

He’s still not quite the player he looked like he could become as a teenager but in a decent season he proved effective in terms of goal contributions.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s feet firmly under the table he may well kick on like Chilwell.

Matt Ritchie (Newcastle) – £5.5m

Listed as a defender this season, we reckon he’s more likely to move forward into midfield again under whoever replaces Rafael Benitez.

This means he’s likely to earn more points than ever before given he can now get extra marks for clean sheets.

Fabian Schar (Newcastle United) – £5m

Another Magpies star you might want to consider is Swiss ace Schar.

Last season he notched some sensational goals and was a real rock at the back too. Hopefully the uncertainty around the club won’t affect him too much.

Fabian Schar has impressed at both ends of the pitch for Newcastle
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Max Aarons (Norwich City) – £4.5m

Wanted by numerous clubs now, Aarons will be a bargain even if he stays with the Canaries.

He won’t get anything like the two goals and six assists he claimed in the Championship but if he gets close you will have got decent haul from a cheap player.

Jan Bednarek (Southampton) – £4.5m

Finally proving himself under Hasenhuttl, Bednarek’s next move will be to get into dangerous areas at set-pieces.

The Polish ace is an excellent aerial combatant and could add goals to his game in 2019/20.

Bednarek has flourished under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Ryan Fredericks (West Ham) – £4.5m

The pacy full-back finally settled in east London towards the end of last year.

He’s looking more involved in the final third and should see a big jump in production this season.

Midfielders

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – £6m

Villa’s skipper and midfield maestro, he’s guaranteed goals and assists as he targets a spot in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad.

He could really hit his straps with wise additions by manager Dean Smith around him and an injury free campaign.

Villa need talisman Jack Grealish to hit the ground running next season
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Dwight McNeil (Burnley) – £6m

He’s not the most glamorous pick in the world given his current club but he fits the team perfectly at a young age and he’s reaping the rewards.

McNeil quietly racked up nine goal contributions and will no doubt get more next season as he plays more often under Sean Dyche having established himself fully.

Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – £6m

He didn’t quite make the impact many thought he would having returned from a fine loan spell with West Brom.

Barnes will have learnt from his Premier League experiences at the end of last season, though, and could be primed for a breakout season.

Naby Keita (Liverpool) – £6m

Many feel the Guinea international didn’t quite show his full repertoire last season having contributed goals and assists aplenty while with RB Leipzig.

It’s been a steep learning curve at Anfield but he looked to be improving before injury curtailed his campaign in 2018/19.

If he sparks into form you will want to have him stashed in your squad.

Naby Keita has had a slow start to life at Anfield
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Miguel Almiron (Newcastle) – £6m

Starring for Paraguay at the Copa America will do him the world of good after a promising start to life on Tyneside.

We could see big things from him at St James’ Park if things really click.

Emil Buendia (Norwich) – £6m

The Argentine winger was a hit in the Championship with eight goals and 12 assists for the title winners.

Four of the goals he created were from set-pieces which should tempt you in.

Buendia helped secure Norwich’s spot back at the Championship’s summit
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Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £5.5m

With David Silva now officially leaving at the end of 2019/20, it’s a fair bet Foden will be get a lot more time on the pitch. He’s a risk but one which could pay off.

Onel Hernandez (Norwich) – £5.5m

On the opposite flank to Buendia, Hernandez got eight goals and nine assists in the second tier and while a similar output can’t be expected he could get you some cheap points.

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich) – £5.5m

If the German quickly gets his relationship with Teemu Pukki up to speed again then Norwich and FPL players will be laughing all the way to glory.

Joao Moutinho (Wolves) – £5.5m

It took the Portuguese ace a while to get going last season but ended with eight assists, his highest total in several years. He’s worth another punt.

Joao Moutinho was a revelation for Wolves towards the back end of the campaign
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Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) – £5m

Whether from crosses or set-pieces, the midfielder is a dangerman and might be the Blades best hope in some games.

Declan Rice (West Ham) – £5m

Who would bet against the young England international getting a few more goals in 2019/20? Not us. He is an almost certain starter but don’t expect him to get many assists.

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Leander Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Another aerially dominant ace, the Belgian quietly became a top pick at Wolves last term and could well up his production this season.

Forwards

Chris Wood (Burnley) – £6.5m

You might not believe it but the New Zealand international got 10 goals last term and with McNeil out wide for a full campaign he might get even more in 2019/20.

Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) – £6.5m

Now a forward in FPL, Deulofeu is set to partner Troy Deeney up top again for the Hornets.

He’s another player who will be dreaming of an injury free year to help him reach the next level.

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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Diogo Jota (Wolves) – £6.5m

The Portuguese star did well alongside Raul Jimenez and while there is a chance Wolves could bring in another forward he’s likely to get minutes off the bench if not as a starter.

Danny Ings (Southampton) – £6m

Struck down by injuries at unfortunate times, Ings seems like he suits Hasenhuttl’s football.

He could get back to his best under the Austrian if he stays fit.

Danny Ings’ loan move from Liverpool to Southampton was one of the big moves on deadline day last summer but injuries have stopped him making an impact so far
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Jonathan Kodija (Aston Villa) – £5.5m

If you’re going all-out with your team and need a dirt cheap third forward, the Ivorian might well be your man.

Tammy Abraham isn’t likely to return on loan but Wesley Moraes has arrived so he won’t start most matches but as a substitute he might pop up with goals and points.

Fantasy Premier League prices: Cheapest players revealed – bargains for your squad?

27 Jun

Fantasy Premier League 2019/20 is here and, my word, we’re excited.

FPL Managers around the world are already priming their squad for the new season which is just over a month away.

It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.

But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £100million budget and, depending on your tactic, you might need three.

So who are the cheapest players in every position this season? Find out below.

 

Goalkeepers

David Button (Brighton) – £4m

Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton) – £4m

Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United) – £4m

Michael McGovern (Norwich) – £4m

Will Norris (Wolves) – £4m

Defenders

Sergio Rico (Bournemouth) – £4m

Jack Simpson (Bournemouth) – £4m

Ben Gibson (Burnley) – £4m

Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) – £4m

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) – £4m

Canaries captain Grant Hanley lifts the championship trophy after their Sky Bet Championship title win
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Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) – £4m

John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – £4m

Marc Navarro (Watford) – £4m

Sebastian Prodl (Watford) – £4m

Winston Reid (West Ham United) – £4m

Winston Reid has had bad luck with injuries in recent seasons
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Ben Johnson (West Ham United) – £4m

Max Kilman (Wolves) – £4m

Midfielders

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Guendouzi has impressed at Arsenal
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Bikir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Keinan Davis (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) – £4.5m

Beram Kayal (Brighton) – £4.5m

Dale Stephens (Brighton) – £4.5m

Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea) – £4.5m

Ampadu is a star in the making and will either go out on loan this season or become a first-team regular
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James McCarthy (Everton) – £4.5m

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) – £4.5m

Matty James (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City) – £4.5m

Rafa Camacho (Liverpool) – £4.5m

Tahith Chong (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Chong alongside team-mate Marcus Rashford.
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James Garner (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Isaac Hayden (Newcastle) – £4.5m

Todd Cantwell (Norwich) – £4.5m

Mortiz Leitner (Norwich) – £4.5m

Alexander Tettey (Norwich) – £4.5m

Tyreke Johnson (Southampton) – £4.5m

Callum Slattery (Southampton) – £4.5m

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – £4.5m

Luke Amos (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Oliver Skipp ended up being in 21 matchday squads for Spurs last season
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Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) – £4.5m

Domingos Quina (Watford) – £4.5m

Carlos Sanchez (Watford) – £4.5m

Grady Diangana (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Pedro Obiang (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Leandro Dendoncker (Wolves) – £4.5m

Dendoncker has done well with Wolves since joining from Anderlecht
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Forwards

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) – £4.5m

Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) – £4.5m

Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) – £4.5m

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United) – £4.5m

Greenwood started in United’s match against Cardiff on the final day of the season
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Sam Gallagher (Southampton) – £4.5m

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £4.5m

Xande Silva (West Ham United) – £4.5m

Transfer news: 10 done deals happening this summer including Liverpool, Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid

26 Mar

Frenkie de Jong is one of the big names with their futures already sorted ahead of the summer transfer window.

The central midfielder will leave Ajax to join Barcelona in a £65million switch and he’s not the only player who already has a summer transfer set in stone with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey joining Juventus on a free transfer.

Some deals you may not even know had gone through, so here at talkSPORT we’ve picked out 10 of the best summer transfers which have already been signed and sealed.

Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong

Aaron Martin (Espanyol) to Mainz

The Spaniard has spent the season on loan with the Bundesliga club and had impressed enough by November that they were delighted to trigger a permanent deal, which came into effect after 10 appearances.

Once linked with Manchester United and Man City, the 21-year-old full-back who has four assists in 25 games, is well rated and it’s hoped he’ll kick on with the mid-table German outfit.

“The progress of Aaron Martin is how we imagined it,” Rouven Schroder, the Mainz sporting director, said.

“He is a quality player who immediately stepped up, while he is also young and has potential.

“We hope to see future advances in his development.”

Aaron Martin in action for Mainz

Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) to Manchester City

Already in the books, 23-year-old Steffen is set to move to the Premier League this summer but, like Ramsey, isn’t holding back before his move.

He’s got two clean sheets to his name in three games for Columbus as he hopes to leave a legacy at the club.

Previously of Freiburg in Germany, Steffen was MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018 thanks to a career-high 10 clean sheets and his move to City is worth around £7million.

He’s not willing to sit around and play second fiddle to Ederson either.

He insists: “I’m confident in my abilities and what I can do if I continue to work hard and focus. I don’t really care what other people think.

“I want to get there as soon as possible and compete. Or whenever that happens, I think I’ll be ready. And they know I’m ready to compete

“I trust in Man City and what plans they have for me. If everything works out and everything falls into place, anything can happen.”

Can Steffen make an impact at City?

Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) to Wolverhampton Wanderers

He may not have played regularly to begin with but the Belgian midfielder has recently become a firm fixture at Wolves during his initial loan spell.

Dendoncker, 23, will sign for the Premier League side permanent in the summer for £12million but while it was thought he could be loaned out or sold on, he may now be a core member of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first XI.

Dendoncker is doing well with Wolves.

Emil Audero (Juventus) to Sampdoria

Another loan made permanent, Audero, 22, will now join Samp for around £17million in the summer.

The talented young goalkeeper has done well in his breakout Serie A season, keeping nine clean sheets in 28 appearances.

He’s one of a number of talents Juve are selling on with Stefano Sturaro, Alberto Cerri, and Andrea Favelli all moving on for decent money in the next transfer window.

Audero has been impressive between the sticks in Serie A.

Danny Ings (Liverpool) to Southampton

It’s been an injury hit season for the striker but when playing he’s looked like doing the business for the Saints, netting seven goals in 18 Premier League appearances.

His £20million move will go through in July and should help the Saints as they look to drive on next year in the top-flight under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

If injuries hadn’t hit then Southampton would likely be safe from relegation by now.

Franck Kessie (Atalanta) to AC Milan

Yes, we know he’s been rocking the Rossoneri jersey for two seasons now but his permanent deal will only start this summer.

He’s performing well under the stewardship of Gennaro Gattuso as he acts as pivot for team-mates to play around, while his driving runs make him a fine counter attacking force.

AC Milan already paid around £7million for the loan and will now stump up about £20million to complete it.

There have been reports Arsenal could snap him up upon arrival.

The midfield powerhouse could be a wanted man in the summer.

Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart) to Bayern Munich

His performances as a relative unknown helped France win the World Cup in 2018 and, unsurprisingly, German giants Bayern have swooped for his signature.

He might be thankful he’s already been snapped up given Stuttgart could possibly be relegated this term.

Pavard will cost the Bundesliga behemoths £31million though, so he’s not quite on the bargain level of other recent signings.

Who could forget Benjamin Pavard’s World Cup wonder goal?

Rodrygo (Santos) to Real Madrid

Zinedine Zidane may already have Vinicius Junior at his disposal but he’ll have another gifted young winger coming in this summer.

The Santos starlet netted eight goals and added three assists and will cost the club £40million when the deal goes through.

He’s already switched squad numbers twice at his current side and now wears Neymar’s old No.11.

The talented Brazil Under-20 international will want to make an impact like Vinicius Junior.

Eder Militao (Porto) to Real Madrid

The first signing of Zidane’s second managerial era at the Bernabeu, Militao has had an exceptional debut season with the Portuguese giants.

He’s gone from promising right-back to superstar centre-back in less than a year and is the perfect blend for a modern ball-player in the position.

At 21, Militao is strong, quick, and skilful and able to outmanoeuvre even the toughest of strikers.

Can he manage another step up so quickly and with the pressure of a £42million transfer fee?

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) to Barcelona

The Spanish clubs have got their major business done early by the looks of it with De Jong’s deal done in January.

He’ll cost around £65million initially, while there may also be add-ons to come for the Dutch giants if he excels.

If his display against Real Madrid in the Champions League as the Eredivisie side ran out 4-1 winners at the Bernabeu is anything to go by, De Jong will a fantastic signing.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric.

Wolves transfer news: Leander Dendoncker completes loan move to Premier League club from Anderlecht

9 Aug

Wolves have signed Belgian international Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht on an initial season-long loan.

Dendoncker completed his Wolves medical this morning before finalising his move to the Premier League new boys.

There is an option for Wolves to make the deal a permanent one next summer for £12million.

The midfielder becomes Nuno Espirito Santo’s sixth signing this summer as Wolves prepare for life back in the top flight of English football.

Dendoncker was linked with a move to West Ham in the January transfer window, however, the Hammers were unable to agree a fee for the player with the Belgian club.

The versatile 23-year-old can also play in defence and was part of Belgium’s squad that finished third at the World Cup in the summer.

 

He follows Adama Traore, Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez as new arrivals at Molineux.

Wolves kick-off their 2018/19 campaign at home to Everton on Saturday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 17:30.