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Mayuka to join Wolves on loan?

The Zambian striker finds himself down in the pecking order, and might drop a division in order to find regular first team football.

Clive Mason

When Emmanuel Mayuka returned from his loan spell in France with Sochaux, Southampton were in dire need of striker. Rickie Lambert moved to his childhood club, Liverpool, while Jay Rodriguez was out injured. Mayuka probably thought that he'll have the chance to feature regularly for the south coast club as the first choice striker.

Fast forward to September and Mayuka finds himself out of the first team as manager Ronald Koeman has signed two strikers in the form of Graziano Pellè as well as Shane Long from Feyenoord and Hull City respectively. The addition of two new attackers, along with the imminent return of Rodriguez, means that Mayuka's chance of stepping into the field is pretty slim.

However, a report from talksport suggests that Mayuka is about to be handed a lifeline as Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers have set their sights on the Zambian international to strengthen their front line as they seek back-to-back promotions. Kenny Jackett's side is currently sitting in fourth place with 14 points from seven games. Despite a fine start, they've only managed to score seven goals. The addition of Mayuka on loan should (hopefully) increase Wolves' firepower.

On paper this deal represents a win-win solution for all involved. Saints won't have to deal with an unhappy player, Mayuka gets a chance to play regularly, and Wolves get an additional striker. Let's hope it works out.

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