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Nice ‘ready to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Rayan Ait-Nouri’

Nice ‘ready to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Rayan Ait-Nouri’

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Rayan Ait-Nouri has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Nice.

The 21-year-old is currently in his third campaign at Molineux after initially joining on loan from Angers in October 2020.

Since then, Ait-Nouri has contributed three goals and eight assists from his 64 outings, which have come from left-back or left wing-back.

When Wolves agreed a permanent deal with Angers last July, they negotiated a £9.8m with the agreement that the French club would receive a significant chunk of any fee should the player move elsewhere.

That effectively leaves Wolves in a position where they will have to raise well in excess of what they paid for Ait-Nouri if they are to make a profit.

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Hugo Bueno in action against Leicester City in October 2022.© Reuters

However, before the World Cup break, the France Under-21 international lost his place to Hugo Bueno, who has since impressed on the left-hand side of the defence.

Although Ait-Nouri netted for Wolves versus Gillingham in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, it came from a late cameo outing as a substitute, and it appears that there is growing expectation that all parties may look to part ways.

According to Foot Mercato, Nice are ready to put forward a proposal to sign Ait-Nouri during the January transfer window.

While a potential transfer fee has not been suggested, it is reported that Nice have the finances to secure a deal for the player.

Nice head coach Lucien Favre pictured on September 15, 2022© Reuters

Nice are allegedly prepared to cut short the loan period of Fulham’s Joe Bryan in order to accommodate the arrival of Ait-Nouri at the turn of the year.

With Ait-Nouri possessing a contract until 2026, and Wolves having a 12-month option to extend that, much may depend on the fee that Nice are prepared to pay for his signature.

At a time when Ait-Nouri is said to be open to an exit from Wolves, new head coach Julen Lopetegui is said to be considering his own choices at left-back.

Wolves have recently been linked with Sevilla and Argentina’s Marcos Acuna, who Lopetegui worked with during his stint with the latter.

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