Dean Saunders and Kevin Thelwell have launched an intensive tour of England on their way to nailing a striker to give Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake some serious competition.
The new Wolves boss was seen at Carlisle’s Brunton Park on Sunday whilst Thelwell was spotted at Norwich’s home match with Newcastle the day before.
It comes at a time when Saunders is trying to slash the size of the playing squad.
Jermaine Pennant will return to Stoke within days and controversial striker Leigh Griffiths has returned to Hibs.
Adam Hammill is also likely to return to Huddersfield. And despite teenager Jake Cassidy’s emergence as a force, he could also soon find himself back at Tranmere to continue his development.
Which all leaves Wolves rather short of fire-power.
“We’ve got a list ourselves and we’ll go through the list of provens and unprovens,” said Saunders who has been linked with Carlisle’s Lee Miller and Norwich’s Simeone Jackson.
“There are players we can get on loan from Premier League clubs, players from levels below we could take a chance with, or you buy proven players who have got goals at this level most seasons.
“But they’re more expensive at this time of the year.”
Saunders has spoken of a possible two-year gradual slimming down of the squad as Wolves do not want to give away bargains.
Nevertheless the likes of Ebanks-Blake, Christophe Berra, Stephen Hunt and Ronald Zubar’s futures are up in the air as they are out of contract.
Saunders says those issues should become clearer soon.
“It will become clearer in the next week or so but I haven’t had a phone call from anyone asking me if I’d let so-and-so go,” he said.
“I haven’t had a call, but I haven’t had time really to answer the phone.
“All I know is that it’s nothing personal and nothing to do with talent, but we’ve got to lose some players.
“For the sake of the group and the spirit in the camp, it’s not healthy having 40 players.
“Ideally I’d like to have 25, and then players are never too far away from the team, but at the moment many have three or four players in front of them in their position. I don’t think that’s good for team spirit or good for morale.
“We want competition for places, but 40 is too many.”
Saunders expects calls for some of his players this month. He is keen to remain fair to all by at least giving them a shot at first team football – but admits that may not be possible.
“We’ll probably get offers for some of them and without me even working with them, I might have to say ‘yes’ if it sheds a few players because I might need the money to get a couple in.
“I might end up doing that, but ideally I’d like to see them all play and work with them,” he said.
“Everyone has got different opinions on players, but all I ask of them is that they be patient with me.”