Wolves have confirmed they are holding discussions with Steve Sidwell, revealing that they agreed a fee with Aston Villa long before West Ham attempted to scupper the move.
Sidwell looked set for a move to Upton Park after Villa boss Gerard Houllier said on December 23 that the midfielder was having a medical. However, the transfer was never completed as Sidwell stalled and Wolves have now shed light on the situation.
Chief executive Jez Moxey had already reached an agreement with Villa prior to the West Ham reports, and now the former Chelsea man is finally entering into discussions with Mick McCarthy's side.
A statement on the Wolves website read: "Wolves CEO Jez Moxey has confirmed the club are in talks with midfielder Steve Sidwell about a possible move from Aston Villa. Wolves had previously agreed a fee with Villa before Sidwell appeared to be poised to join West Ham."
Sidwell is yet to have a medical at Molineux, but Kevin Doyle is keen for his former Reading colleague to join.
"Steve would be an excellent signing if it happens," he told the official Wolves website. "I played with him at Reading for a number of years when we had some great success and he's also played for top clubs like Chelsea and Villa.
"If he does sign I'm sure he'll be raring to go. I have spoken to him this morning and we'll just have to see what happens but it would be a big boost if it goes through."