Wolves are in the hunt to sign Rochdale defender Ryan Delaney, according to a report.
News outlet Football League World claimed that Middlesbrough are also keeping close tabs on Delaney, 21, even though he only agreed terms to join Rochdale from Burton in the January transfer window.
He penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Spotland just over a month ago, but it is understood that he now attracting attention from some of the Championship’s heavy-hitters with a potential summer move on the cards.
Delaney never made a single appearance in his time at Burton but has been thrown straight into the Rochdale first-team, helping them beat Championship club Millwall in the FA Cup Fourth Round by keeping a clean sheet.
The defensive colossus, who stands at 6ft 5in, will have a huge test this weekend when the Dale take on Tottenham in the next round of the FA Cup at Spotland.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international spent 2017 on loan at Irish side Cork City, where he made 34 appearances, including four in the Europa League.
Football Insider verdict
Wolves are pretty much to achieve promotion this season, so going after a defender who is currently playing for a relegation-threatened League One club would not make a lot of sense. Making a move for Delaney may also be difficult considering he has only just signed for Rochdale. However if the Dale were to go down this season, it would likely make thinks a lot easier. Either way the Irish centre-back is not really the quality that Wolves should be looking at unless they just want to sign him to improve the Under-23s side. But with Middlesbrough likely to stay in the Championship and having a defensive manager like Tony Pulis, he may prefer a move to the Riverside as it could hold more opportunities.