Wolves knocked back the chance to sign Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid last summer, Football Insider can reveal.

The Midlands giants were offered the Norwegian sensation, 22, after he had completed a successful season-long loan at Real Sociedad.

A Wolves source has told Football Insider that manager Nuno Espirito Santo was not convinced Odegaard would be right for his team and rejected a potential deal.

The attacking midfielder ended up staying in Madrid for the first half of this season before joining Arsenal on loan in January.

Wolves fans may be miffed at a lost opportunity as Odegaard is starting to look the player he was touted to be when he moved to the Spanish giants in his mid-teens.

The 26-times international has become an increasingly effective player in north London.

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He was described by Mikel Arteta as “incredible” as the Gunners came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 against West Ham last weekend.

The loanee pulled the strings in a masterful display as he followed up his goalscoring performance in the win over Tottenham the previous weekend.

Football Insider revealed on 27th March that Arsenal are very keen to convert Odegaard’s loan into a permanent deal.

There is encouragement for Arsenal behind the scenes as it is understood the player will be sold or loaned out by Real in the summer window if Zinedine Zidane remains the manager.

However, Odegaard may stay at Real in the summer if Zidane loses his job.

Odegaard had been a bit-part player at Real in the first half of the campaign and made just three league starts.

At Arsenal, he has started five of the last six league matches and now has two goals from his 12 appearances for the club.

In other news, Wolves fear Raul Jimenez may take 18 months to fully recover from his fractured skull.