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Wolves agree Ricketts fee and have him over for a medical as transfer nears conclusion

Michael Steele

The Sam Ricketts to Wolves transfer saga has been anything but drawn out. The speculation came out of seemingly nowhere, the fee was quickly agreed upon, and the player is having a medical with his new suitors. Ricketts would be Wolves' new manager, Kenny Jackett's, first signing. Ricketts was also one of Jackett's first signings at Swansea City, joining the Swans from non-league Telford United.

The fee, per the Express & Star, is "undisclosed but modest six-figure" sum that is a tiny fraction of the £2.2 million that Bolton Wanderers had paid for Ricketts when he signed from Hull City. Despite his defensive shortcomings, especially in the latter stages of his Bolton career, Ricketts proved to be a versatile option for Wanderers. The right back played all across the defense, filling in at center and left back when necessary.

Jackett was hopeful about his soon-to-be new signing, speaking to the Express & Star:

"If all goes well today I will be delighted that Sam will be my first signing as head coach of Wolves.

"Sam can fill any of the back four positions and brings a wealth of experience and quality to our club.

"Professionally he is a first-class individual and I am looking forward to working with him again."

Yesterday, at the second day of pre-season, Dougie Freedman confirmed the talks to the Bolton News:

"Sam is very close to going to Wolves.

"He's been a very good servant for this football club but I can't honestly sit here and guarantee him a position in the team.

"Wolves have come in and we have accepted their offer, so it's up to Sam. I think he's down there talking with them today, in fact, trying to finalise a deal."

Ricketts spent four seasons with Bolton Wanderers, appearing some 116 times in all competitions. The 31-year-old defender was in the last year of his contract, having signed a two-year extension following Bolton's relegation to the Championship.