Jonathan Woodgate has turned down a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the transfer window on a loan deal. McCarthy had hoped to recruit Woodgate, who is on the comeback trail after a career-threatening groin injury, in order to shore up his backline.

"He doesn't want to do it, he wants to fight for his place there, so fair play to him," McCarthy told the free bet website.

"I haven't spoken to him, but that's the message I've got back."



Portsmouth have signed Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Greg Halford on a loan deal till the end of the season. The 26-year-old spent three months at Fratton Park earlier this season, scoring four goals in 12 appearances for Pompey.

"He's been a decent defender for us," Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill told the club website.

"He's obviously very flexible which helps us a lot and he's scored some important goals for us."



Mick McCarthy has said that his job is not under any threat and he is confident of success shortly. Wolves are 20th after suffering a 2-1 loss to Wigan on Boxing Day.

"Am I feeling the pressure? It's always the same from outside," said McCarthy ahead of Wednesday's match against Liverpool at Anfield.

"I don't worry about that at all because I have a good relationship with everyone at the club."



Stephen hunt has said that he is looking forward to rediscover his form of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hunt, who has made eight appearances since returning from a long-standing foot injury, has only mustered one goal in Wolves' 3-2 win over Sunderland.

And the 29-year-old is desperate to prove his worth to the Wanderers faithful, starting with Sunday's derby clash with Birmingham City.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "You could say it's time to deliver, I suppose. When I start playing well I will let you know.



Wolverhampton Wanderers managed to secure a vital win over inform team Sunderland. Steve Bruce's side arrived at Molineux on the back of a four match unbeaten run which had included their stunning 3-0 win at Chelsea.

Molineux bore witness to a scintillating encounter today, With the Gold & Black army finally allowed home with some hope in place of bewilderment.

Wolves have squandered leads and/or conceded late goals on countless occasions already this season, but today, it was their turn to dole out the medicine.



Wolves have become first club to announce 25-man Premier League squad and have excluded Michael Kightly in their list. The former Grays Athletic winger has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury, prompting the boss to leave him out of the squad.

The ex-Sunderland manager cited the player's long-term absence - since Kightly has not played in over nine months - as the reason behind the exclusion, while revealing at the same time that the player will be allowed to go out on loan when he regains his fitness.



Wolverhampton Wanderers and two other clubs are targeting Manchester City striker Benjani. The Zimbabwe international joined the Citizens in 2008, but after failing to make a significant impact at the Eastlands club he was packed off on loan to Sunderland.

However, the temporary switch to Wearside proved to be underwhelming, as the forward failed to score a single goal in the Premier League during his time at the Stadium of Light.

On his return to City, the 31-year-old was released as a free agent, and he is now free to talk to any club he chooses.


Wolves have made their first summer signing with the capture of Belgium full-back Jelle Van Damme from Anderlecht.

Van Damme moves to Molineux on a three-year deal with an option for a further 12 months after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the 26-year-old. Manager Mick McCarthy was pleased to have snared Van Damme, who has experience of life in England having played for Southampton in the 2004/05 campaign.

"Jelle is a player we've been watching for a long time and I'm delighted we've managed to sign him," said McCarthy.

Wolves Seal New Deal

WOLVES have announced a new two-season deal with sponsors Sportingbet.com.

With one year remaining on the current agreement, the online bookie have agreed to extend their association with the club until the end of the 2012/13 season.

Details of the deal have not been made public but the club did confirm it was a seven-figure contract.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "This is a major off-the-pitch achievement for Wolves.

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