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Wolves reject third bid for Benik Afobe

Benik Afobe Credit: PA

Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that a third bid from Norwich City for Benik Afobe has been immediately rejected.

The club said its position on selling the player is unchanged since they issued a statement last week.

See below for their previous statement.

Benik Afobe was bought from Arsenal in January 2015, and other players arrived in the summer, to strengthen the team for the strongest possible challenge on promotion this season. Therefore, neither Benik nor any of Wolves’ first team forward players, will be sold this season. Benik has developed into a player of key importance to Wolves and the Club’s plans for this campaign. Wolves have previously resisted the opportunity to sell other key first team players in this and other recent transfer windows. As far as the Club is concerned there is no need for any further comments or speculation about this issue.

– Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Sir Jack Hayward statue plans announced

Plans have been announced for a statue of Sir Jack Hayward to be built in Wolverhampton.

Sir Jack Hayward Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The location of the monument for the former Wolverhampton Wanderers Chairman has not been confirmed, but it is likely to be in the City Centre rather than at Molineux.

The South Bank of the Stadium is set to be re-named the Sir Jack Hayward Stand in another tribute to the lifelong Wolves fan who died in January.

Sir Jack Hayward's funeral cortege making its way past Molineux in February Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Manager of the month: Freedman, Jackett nominated

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman and Wolves manager Kenny Jackett have both been nominated for Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month.

Freedman kick-started his tenure at the City Ground by collecting 16 points from 18 and averaging three goals per game, despite losing top scorer Britt Assombalonga.

Jackett, meanwhile, has lifted Wolves up towards the play-off places with four wins in six games.

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Sir Jack Hayward to be honoured at Molineux

Sir Jack Hayward is to be honoured at Wolverhampton Wanderers' home game with Blackpool this afternoon.

Sir Jack died on Tuesday Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The former owner died on Tuesday aged 91 after battling illness for several months.

Part of Molineux stadium will be transformed into a tribute to Sir Jack, with a special 'life in pictures' wall display and fans will be able to sign a book of remembrance.

The book will later be presented to his family, who will be present on the pitch for a minute's applause.

At the same time, fans who have volunteered to create a Sir Jack mosiac will hold up their individual cards to display the design from the Steve Bull stand.

Wolves' players observing a minute's silence on Tuesday, just hours after hearing the news of Sir Jack's death Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Chief executove, Jez Moxey, said many fans were making effort ‘to wear Old Gold and Black for Jack’ and to bring Wolves flags and banners to celebrate Hayward's life.

Former Wolves goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson dies aged 84

Malcolm Finlayson Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport/PA

Former Wolves goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson has died at the age of 84.

He was suddenly taken ill and passed away yesterday afternoon in Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley.

Malcolm won league titles with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1958 and 1959, and also won the FA Cup in 1960. He made 203 appearances in all competitions for Wolves.

(L-R) Wolverhampton Wanderers' Peter Broadbent, Gerry Mannion and Malcolm Finlayson show off the FA Cup Credit: PA

“Everyone at the Club was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Malcolm’s death.

Not only was he a member of the Wolves Hall of Fame and a legendary former player, but he remained part of the fabric of the Club becoming Chairman, and then recently, President, of the Wolves Former Players Association, working tirelessly on behalf of former players for a number of years.

Our deepest condolences got to Malcolm’s partner, Angela, his daughter, Sandra and her husband, Mel, and all his family and friends.”

– Jez Moxey, Chief Executive, Wolves
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