Wolves Transfer News: Matt Doherty has finally made a return to Wolves after leaving the club to join Spurs and then joining Atletico
Wolverhampton Wanderers has confirmed the return of Matt Doherty on a free transfer. The 31-year-old defender has signed a three-year deal with Wolves after completing a medical on Wednesday. Doherty previously spent a decade with Wolves before joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2020. He later moved to Atletico Madrid on a short-term deal in January.
Wolves’ sporting director, Matt Hobbs, expressed his delight at Doherty’s return, stating, “We’re really happy Matt’s back, and he’s one the manager really wanted when he knew he was available. After Spurs and Atletico Madrid, he’s hungry to prove himself again, and will add strength in depth to the full-back area, providing competition and making us better in those positions.”
Doherty’s return adds depth to Wolves’ right full-back area, where they previously had only one senior right-back in Nelson Semedo. The club had triggered a two-year option on Semedo’s contract, but there’s a possibility he could still be sold for the right offer. However, it is more likely that Semedo will stay and compete with Doherty for a place in the team.
The Republic of Ireland international had a limited spell at Atletico, making just two La Liga appearances before being released at the end of the season. Doherty’s signing marks Wolves’ first move in the summer transfer window, with the club also showing interest in other targets, including Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi, West Ham United’s Aaron Creswell, and Bristol City’s Alex Scott.