Wolves new signings: Confirmed ins and outs for summer 2024

After a solid first season, largely against the odds, Gary O'Neil has already strengthened the Wolves squad in the form of incoming transfers.

In the first month of the transfer window alone, Wolverhampton Wanderers signed three new players to add to their squad. That represents a very ambitious start to the window for a side that finished 14th in the Premier League last term, and indicates the desire to reboot the squad.

Wolves new signings: Summer 2024 arrivals

Wolves new signings
Previous club
Fee

🇵🇹 Rodrigo Gomes

SC Braga

£12.5m

🇧🇷 Pedro Lima

Sporting Recife

£8.5m

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Tommy Doyle

Man City

£4m

🇳🇴 Jørgen Strand Larsen

Celta Vigo

Loan

Rodrigo Gomes (£12.5m, SC Braga)

Wolves moved quickly in the market to seal the transfer of SC Braga's flying right-winger Rodrigo Gomes.

Gomes, who spent 2023/24 on loan at Estoril, is a lightning-quick right-sided winger, who registered seven goals and seven assists in 30 appearances.

It was the 20-year-old's breakout season, having never made more than 10 starts in a season.

Gomes is a superb dribbler, ranking in the 97th percentile for progressive carries, and the 79th for successful take-ons per 90 minutes.

Impressively, a good chunk of Gomes' minutes came as a right-wing-back, allowing O'Neil a great deal of tactical flexibility.

Gomes' arrival could allow Pedro Neto to be sold, with Arsenal sniffing around Gomes' compatriot.

Wolves new signings: Rodrigo Gomes has joined already
Rodrigo Gomes had a strong season in the Primeira Liga – Photo by Icon Sport

Pedro Lima (£8.5m, Sport Recife)

Wolves' signing of Brazilian right-back prodigy Pedro Lima has been a real coup.

Fending off interest from giants Chelsea, 17-year-old Lima is expected to be allowed to fight for his place in the starting line-up immediately.

Chelsea had intended to loan the Brazilian under-17 international to sister club Strasbourg.

Speaking to Globo, Lima said:

“It wasn't a question of salary, of money, it was more a question of projecting my career. I think a lot about the future, I know where I want to go and I'm looking for the right paths towards my life's goals.”

If Lima can form a partnership with fellow new boy Gomes, the Wolves' right side could be set up for a decade.

Pedro Lima is a wonderkid targeted by Chelsea – Photo by Icon Sport

Jørgen Strand Larsen (Loan, Celta Vigo)

Another new signing in Wolves' flurry of activity is the addition of Norwegian striker Jørgen Strand Larsen from Celta Vigo.

Initially joining on a temporary deal, with an initial £2.5m loan fee, Strand Larsen will become a Wolves player permanently for a further £23m, if certain clauses in the two clubs' agreement are met.

Strand Larsen is a physically imposing forward, standing at over 6ft4in. He scored 16 goals for Celta Vigo last season, including 13 in La Liga.

The 24-year-old, formerly of Groningen, is excellent at getting on the end of chances, as evidenced by his 0.47 non-penalty expected goals per 90 minutes.

That ratio puts him in the 74th percentile among other strikers in Europe's top five leagues and will assure Wolves that his goal-scoring was not just a flash in the pan.

Wolves have hedged their bets intelligently here. They get Strand Larsen for a year at a low cost, but if a market opportunity of higher quality were to arise, they would not be forced to buy him.

Can Jørgen Strand Larsen follow in the footsteps of his compatriot Erling Haaland? – Photo by Icon Sport

Tommy Doyle (£4m, Manchester City)

After gradually playing more and more minutes as the summer wore on, Tommy Doyle will make his loan move from Manchester City permanent.

The energetic midfielder, who won the 2023 European Under-21s Championship with England, will pen a fresh four-year deal.

City retain 50% sell-on and buy-back clauses, but at £4m, this could prove a real snip for the 22-year-old.

Max Kilman missed just one Premier League game over the last two seasons, but has left this summer – Photo by Icon Sport

Confirmed Wolves departures in Summer 2024

Max Kilman (£40m, West Ham United)

Wolves have sold captain and central defender Max Kilman to West Ham for an enormous £40m, a fee too large for Wolves to turn down for the 27-year-old.

Kilman clearly made quite an impression on Julen Lopetegui while the Spaniard was in charge at Molineux in 2022/23, and the new West Ham boss has splashed out on his former charge.

The Englishman is a physically imposing presence and is valuable in build-up thanks to his left-footedness. He will take some replacing, but Wolves are already lining up transfer targets that could replace their skipper.

Kilman joined from Maidenhead United in 2018 for £40,000. The National League side are set for a £4m payday, thanks to a 10% sell-on clause in their deal with Wolves six years ago.

Across his six seasons, Kilman made 150 appearances in Old Gold, scoring three goals.

Bendegúz Bolla in action in Hungary's win over Scotland – Photo by Icon Sport

Bendegúz Bolla (Free transfer, Rapid Wienna)

After joining for just under £2m in summer 2021, Hungarian international right-back Bendegúz Bolla will depart Molineux without having made a single appearance in Old Gold.

The 24-year-old has spent the last three seasons out on loan in the Swiss Super League, with spells at Grasshopper and most recently Servette.

Despite an impressive attacking output of five goals and four assists, the signing of Lima largely blocked Bolla's path to first team, so he was released.

Competing for his nation at Euro 2024, Bolla spent less than 24 hours as a free agent, being quickly snapped up by Austrian side Rapid Wienna.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.