Wolves are planning to let Max Kilman go this summer – months after handing him a five-year contract, Football Insider can reveal.
The Englishman, 23, signed a new deal last October that runs until the summer of 2025 after breaking into the first team.
A Wolves source has told Football Insider that defender Kilman is likely to be offloaded either permanently, or on a season-long loan at the start of next term.
The Premier League club have long had high hopes for the strapping centre-back and were hopeful he could establish himself as a first-team regular.
That appeared to be the case when he had a run of starts last autumn and again in late January/early February.
But the source explained that manager Nuno Espirito Santo is not convinced Kilman is of the calibre he wants in defence.
Tellingly, the London-born player has been overlooked in the starting XI for the last three matches despite the absence of the injured Willy Boly.
Skipper Connor Coady has been joined in a three-man defence by Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker,
Nuno has more faith in Dendoncker than Kilman in defence even though the Belgium international is far more comfortable operating in midfield.
Left-sided centre-back Kilman has made 12 Premier League starts among 17 appearances in all competitions this season.
He joined Wolves from non-league Maidenhead in 2018 and has played 29 times for the club in total.