Wolves defender Richard Stearman is set to complete a £2m move to Fulham in the coming days after the clubs agreed a fee this afternoon.
The 28 year-old centre back, who was voted Wolves’ player of the season last year, has spent seven years at Moulineux after joining Wolves from Leicester City for a nominal fee back in 2008. Stearman was left out of the Wolves’ squad for this afternoon’s win over Charlton Athletic after Wolves accepted a bid from Fulham, which is believed to be structured in the form of £1m up front and a further million in potential additional clauses.
Stearman, who has made 234 appearances in his time at Wolves and also had a four-month loan spell with Ipswich Town, will discuss personal terms with Fulham over the weekend. Speaking in his post-match press conference, Wolves manager Kenny Jackett said that the decision to accept the bid for Stearman was a ‘footballing one’.
The club have accepted a bid from Fulham and Richard is discussing personal terms over the weekend. It is a football decision and we feel that we have some very good young centre-backs at the club. Richard is a big call and for us to strengthen elsewhere we do feel that this is the right decision.
Kit Symons has made signing reinforcements in central defence a key part of his summer rebuilding at Craven Cottage. Fulham concluded a deal with Bolton Wanderers for American international defender Tim Ream last week and had also been heavily linked with Brighton centre back Lewis Dunk.