Wolves plan to re­ward Coady with new con­tract

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Football - By John Percy

Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers are to open con­tract talks with cap­tain Conor Coady, who is on Gareth South­gate’s radar for an Eng­land call-up.

Coady is in line for a new deal after mak­ing a huge im­pres­sion in the Premier League this sea­son.

The de­fender’s wages were raised to around £36,000 a week after pro­mo­tion from the Cham­pi­onship, but Wolves are ready to start ne­go­ti­a­tions over im­proved terms this month.

The for­mer Liver­pool trainee has been a key per­former in a three­man Wolves de­fence and South­gate at­tended last Mon­day’s FA Cup tie against Liver­pool at Mo­lineux to watch him. Coady, 25, is in con­tention for Euro­pean qual­i­fiers against the Czech Repub­lic and Mon­tene­gro in March.

Coady’s cur­rent Wolves deal has two years to run.

The club are also work­ing on new sign­ings this month, with head coach Nuno Espir­ito Santo lin­ing up a sur­prise move for Stoke City de­fender Moritz Bauer.

Nuno is tar­get­ing a right-back to com­pete with Matt Do­herty and Wolves are con­sid­er­ing an at­tempt to se­cure Bauer on loan.

Bauer was a £4mil­lion sign­ing from Ru­bin Kazan last Jan­uary, but has not fea­tured for Stoke since Septem­ber after fall­ing out of favour with for­mer man­ager Gary Rowett. Nathan Jones, the new man­ager, has pledged to give his play­ers a clean slate, but Wolves have iden­ti­fied Bauer as a po­ten­tial sign­ing and can of­fer the Aus­trian the car­rot of Premier League foot­ball.

Wolves face Manch­ester City tonight de­ter­mined to ex­tend their re­mark­able record against the top six. They have drawn with City, Manch­ester United and Arse­nal, and beaten Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Chelsea al­ready this sea­son.

“We don’t go on to the pitch scared of any­thing, we know that we have to com­pete,” said Nuno.

“You can­not be scared or fright­ened of any­thing, you just have to be ready for what you have in front of you.

“We don’t fear them [City] be­cause we be­lieve that if we pre­pare our­selves very well, we are able to com­pete. The re­sult is an­other thing, but it’s how our men­tal­ity is, how we pre­pare our­selves and we pre­pare with no fear.

“We pre­pare our­selves with mo­ti­va­tion, we pre­pare our­selves with the il­lu­sion that we can, that we have to fight and try in ev­ery game.”

After the Liver­pool vic­tory, a buoy­ant Wolves team face City with no in­jury wor­ries.

Step­ping up: Conor Coady has caught the eye of Eng­land man­ager Gareth South­gate

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