Wolves depleted for pre-season preparations

As is a customary during the regular season, international breaks coincide with a break in the domestic calendar, allowing for sides not to be disadvantaged by the absence of a large chunk of their squad.

However, due to the complications of the football calendar in recent times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the latest batch of international call-ups means that Nuno Espirito Santo will be particularly light when it comes to pre-season preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

At least eight Wolves players have been selected for duty by their countries for the September internationals, with more expected to follow.

Wanderers are due to return to full training ahead of the new season next week, and several first-team stars will be away.

Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota – have all been called up for Portugal, with Ruben Vinagre and Pedro Neto named in the under-21 squad.

Matt Doherty is away with Ireland and Adama Traore with Spain to complete the eight.

With Wolves having a particularly long campaign last time around due to Europa League qualification, Nuno Espirito Santo will have been hoping for some more concrete time on the training ground ahead of this season – but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Wanderers start their Premier League campaign at Sheffield United on September 14.

Crystal Palace set sights on Jamal Lewis

Having turned down advances from Liverpool, Norwich are now receiving interest from Crystal Palace who have set their sights on signing 22 year old defender Jamal Lewis.

The Canaries are prepared to let him go but as yet no one has met their demand of £20 million.

The 22-year-old is in high demand among English sides this summer but the Canaries are holding out for a fee of around £20million if they are to let him go.

The Eagles, who made a move for the left-back during the January transfer window, would have to double that offer to get their hands on the Northern Ireland international.

Lewis is a real testament to the youth development at Carrow Road, having come through the youth ranks and played 100 times for the first team.

Should the sale happen it’s likely to aid Norwich in their attempt to sign West Ham striker Jordan Hugill.

First professional contract for Liverpool teenager

The teenager, who hails from Dungannon, Northern Ireland, only arrived at Anfield in September last year.

Bradley has captained his country at U16 level and has played the majority of this season at right-back for the Reds U18 side – although he is able to be deployed further up the pitch.

Bradley has featured for the U23’s at times this season, and is certainly one for the future – with the meteoric rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold to aspire to, it appears to be a good time to be a youngster at Liverpool Football Club.