Glenn Hoddle has waited more than a year before splashing any cash at Molineux.

But the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager has finally put his all-important transfer market reputation on the line after completing a fifth signing in the January transfer window.

The £1.4 million arrival of Poland international striker Tomasz Frankowski was rapidly followed yesterday by the confirmation of Maurice Ross's move on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday.

Following the £400,000 spent on Gabor Gyepes and the six-figure sums needed to bring in his Hungarian compatriot Denes Rosa and Aston Villa's Dutch keeper Stefan Postma, chief executive Jez Moxey pointed out that more than £2 million has now been spent since the turn of the year. And that puts the pressure firmly on Hoddle and his under-achieving Wolves team.

"We've done everything we said we'd do," said Moxey. "People say we don't spend money, but we've now spent more than any other Championship club.

"We've paid money for five players since at a cost of over £2 million. People forget about Stefan Postma and Gabor Gyepes as they were here already, but they still cost six-figure fees, as did our other Hungarian Denes Rosa. And, apart from finally clinching the deal for Tomasz, we've also completed the signing of Maurice Ross."

Moxey was most relieved to have concluded 31-year-old Frankowski's arrival from Spanish club Elche on a twoand-a-half year contract after a near month-long battle to get his signature.

"They're all complicated," said Moxey, "especially when you're dealing with foreign clubs and agents. But let's just say this deal has proved particularly tortuous.

"For starters, Elche weren't keen to sell him, having only bought him from Wisla Krakow in the summer. In fact, their club president was so annoyed by the decision that he resigned.

"But I've been working on this constantly since December 28, from the moment we decided to look elsewhere after dropping our interest in Izale McLeod. From that moment on, he was the one Glenn wanted.

"That was illustrated by our stance when MK Dons came back to us and tried to reopen talks over McLeod, but we'd already opted to go down another route."

Having waited such a long time to complete the deal, Moxey stressed the delays were not caused by any agents trying to claim a cut.

"There was certainly no suggestion of any impropriety," he said. "What made it so hard was people simply not being straight with us. And it seemed to change from one day to the next as to who exactly we were dealing with."

Frankowski started his career in his native Poland, before moving to Strasbourg in 1993, where he stayed for three years before a brief spell in Japan.

He returned to France at Poitiers and Martigues before moving to Wisla Krakow in 1998.

He scored 115 goals in 173 games over seven years for Krakow, including last term's record 25-goal tally which earned a September move to Elche, for whom he has carried on cracking them in, with eight in 13 games.

"His scoring record is phenomenal," said Hoddle. "He's a clinical finisher who we see as the last part of the jigsaw in the penalty box."

But, having effectively found a long-term replacement for summer departee Kenny Miller, it looks like the latter will still get the nod for Sunday's FA Cup clash with Manchester United. Frankowski, who flew back to Spain after completing yesterday's deal, is yet to receive international clearance.

Ross, the former Rangers defender and 13-times capped Scotland international, has now signed until the end of the season.