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Wolves close in on Julen Lopetegui after reopening talks

Head coach Julen Lopetegui of Sevilla FC looks on during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Sevilla FC and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on October 05, 2022 in Seville, Spain

Wolverhampton Wanderers are close to appointing Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach, according to journalist Alex Crook.

The 56-year-old rejected the job a few weeks ago due to family issues following the dismissal of Bruno Lage. However, the former Sevilla boss is now close to joining the Premier League team.

Wolves are in advanced talks after reopening negotiations a few days ago, and all parties expect a deal to be done soon.

Steve Davis will remain in interim charge until after the mid-season break for the World Cup. Wolves have only one win under Davis after five games, and their poor run in front of goal has not improved.

The Midlands club are 19th in the Premier League and in danger of a relegation scrap this season. Lopetegui has the task of turning things at the Molineux around.

Wolves will be happy to get their number one target despite the Spaniard dashing their hopes last month.

Lopetegui rejected the Wolves job to care for his father, who is suffering from poor health.

Wolves then approached Queens Park Rangers for head coach Mick Beale, but he decided to stay at the Championship club.

They also interviewed Peter Bosz, Rob Edwards and Anthony Barry for the job.

Jorge Mendes represents Lopetegui, and he has a long-standing relationship with Wolves. Using his clients, Mendes helped build the squad Nuno Espirito Santo led into the Premier League in 2017.

Wolves are close to landing their man for the third time of asking. Lopetegui was the first choice of Fosun Group when they took over Wolves in 2016.

Lopetegui won the Europa League with Sevilla in 2020. The former FC Porto, Real Madrid and Spain boss led the Andalusians into the Champions League for three successive seasons.

However, they dismissed him after a poor start to the season, continuing a downward spiral from the end of the previous campaign.

Wolves are treading cautiously in negotiations because they understand his family issues.

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