Luton Town Eyes £5m Prize in Wolves’ Ryan Giles
Newly elevated Luton Town are scrutinising a lucrative £5m bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers’ prodigy, Ryan Giles. The young left-sided player is also drawing interest from Middlesbrough, creating a potential bidding war for the 23-year-old’s signature.
Giles, a product of the Wolves academy, turned heads during his time at Middlesbrough. On loan last season, Giles played a vital role under the stewardship of Michael Carrick, powering the side to reach the Championship play-offs. This impressive performance has now marked him as a key target for Luton, in their quest to fortify their team following promotion.
Insider Knowledge: Luton’s Advantage
Rob Edwards, the Hatters’ boss, possesses an intimate understanding of Giles’ potential and playing style, having served as a coach within the Wolves system when Giles was honing his skills. This personal knowledge could prove decisive in swaying Giles towards a move to Luton.
Since turning professional half a decade ago, Giles has spent a majority of his career out on loan, with his spell at Boro marking his seventh. Apart from an FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury in January 2019, Giles has featured just once for the Wolves’ senior team.
Wolves Pre-Season: An Opportunity for Giles
Presently, Giles is part of the Wolves’ pre-season training squad in Portugal, under the tutelage of coach Julen Lopetegui. This stint will provide Lopetegui with an opportunity to evaluate if Giles, who can operate anywhere on the left flank, can be incorporated into his plans for the forthcoming season.
Regardless of the decision that Wolves make regarding Giles’ future, both Luton and Boro are optimistic that a deal for the promising youngster is within reach.
Return of the Wanderer: Matt Doherty
In parallel news, Wolves are edging closer to their first summer acquisition, with plans to bring Matt Doherty back to Molineux on a free transfer. The former Nuno Espirito Santo’s protege was a key player in Wolves’ journey from the Championship to the Premier League and their consequent European exploits. Following a £15m switch to Tottenham and a brief stint at Atletico Madrid, a return to Wolves, who are focusing on loans, free transfers and players within the £8-15m bracket this summer, is a sensible option for Doherty.