Carl Cort has ended speculation over a possible move to Crystal Palace by pledging his future to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The player said yesterday that he was tempted by a move back to his native London - and had been given the go-ahead to talk to the club after Palace and Wolves had agreed a £1.25 million initial fee for the 28-year-old striker.
However, Cort killed off Palace's hopes of signing him and yesterday claimed he was happy in the short term and is hopeful of remaining at Molineux in the longer term. "The last couple of weeks under the new manager have gone well for me and I'm look-ing forward to starting the new season," Cort said.
"[Manager] Mick McCarthy has got the lads buzzing and we are all working hard to be ready for the opening match against Plymouth. I was tempted by a move back near my friends and family in London but I'm enjoying life at Wolves at the moment.
"I've got 12 months left on my contract and hope to talk to the club about extending that in the near future. In the meantime I just want to get my head down and do the best I can for the club."
Meanwhile, McCarthy faces a battle to sign Sunderland striker Kevin Kyle with the attacker's present manager, Niall Quinn, known to be an admirer of the 25-year-old.
McCarthy knows the Scottish international well from his time in charge at the Stadium of Light but may face rival bids from Coventry City and Luton Town if he formal-ises his interest.
However, Quinn is set to resist any offers for the player, while hoping to persuade Kyle to commit his future to the club.
The Scot returned to action only in January after 17 months on the sidelines and signed a new 12-month contract in May. He scored one g oal in 13 Premiership matches last season.
One player who will be joining Wolves is Karl Henry after the club agreed a compensation fee for the 23-year-old midfielder with Stoke City.
McCarthy will pay an initial figure of £100,000 plus an extra £75,000 depending on appearances. There is also a 15 per cent sell-on fee clause while Henry is due to sign a three-year deal.
He joins Jamie Clapham who has completed his medical and signed a two-year contract and formalities are being completed on the season-long loan signing of striker Craig Davies from Verona.