‘He’s the man they want’: Sky Sports reporter names the boss Wolves have made their first choice

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Wolves want Julen Lopetegui and have now made him their top target to replace Bruno Lage ahead of his expected exit from Sevilla.

Lage was handed his order on Sunday night, 24 hours after a dismal 2-0 defeat away at West Ham United.

The Portuguese boss has won just once in eight league games this season, losing four and drawing three.

After a solid if unspectacular first season at Wolves, Lage is now on his way out and a replacement is being quickly sought.

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Wolves want Julen Lopetegui

Plenty of names have been linked, but one that keeps popping up time and time again is Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui.

Lopetegui was wanted by Wolves in 2016 but ended up becoming Spain boss instead, a set of options that still sounds crazy today.

The Spaniard went on to manage Real Madrid and now Sevilla and won the Europa League in 2020.

Sky Sports now claim that Wolves have indeed made Lopetegui their top target to replace Lage as they finally look to lure him to Molineux.

Reporter Anton Toloui broke the news today that Lopetegui “is the man they want”, but Wolves are waiting to see what happens with Lopetegui’s future.

“We understand that Julen Lopetegui, the current Sevilla head coach, is Wolves’ preferred candidate as their new manager,” Toloui said. “At the moment he is in the position at Sevilla, but he is under a lot of pressure; he’s only won one game at Sevilla this season.”

“Wolves would like to talk to him, they are waiting to see what happens, if he stays, if he leaves, if they fire him, if they agree with Sevilla.”

“Watch this space, they are in no rush. At the moment Julen Lopetegui is the favorite to take over at Wolves, he’s the man they want,” he added.

Lopetegui is under huge pressure after a torrid start to the season and could lose his job tonight.

Sevilla face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tonight and defeat could spell the end for Lopetegui.

That would open the way for Wolves to complete a deal for the Spaniard, although Sevilla are unlikely to launch a major fight even if Wolves make a move now.

Wolves may finally land their man after years of waiting, but a meeting before this weekend looks very, very unlikely.

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