Michael Kightly has seen a loan move to Nottingham Forest scuppered by Steve McClaren’s resignation.
Mick McCarthy revealed he had an approach from the former England boss.
“I had spoken to Steve about Kightly,’’ the manager said. ‘‘I was open to it and so was Kites. I said to him yesterday ‘you might cancel that one now, eh?
‘‘I’ve no idea what happened. I spoke to Steve and left it that if they wanted Kites then he’d be open to it.
‘They wanted a winger. We’ve got Adam Hammill and Kites and Adam was never in line to go.”
A loan for Kightly, who played for the reserve team in the 1-0 midweek defeat against West Brom, is still on the cards.
McCarthy added: “If he went and got half-a-dozen games at that standard, it might do him good.
‘‘He doesn’t ‘need to’ but he ‘could do with’ and I think it would benefit him,” he said. ‘‘We don’t have as many games and theirs come Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Sunday-Wednesday.
“Half-a-dozen games would really benefit him. There was nobody else, just an enquiry from Forest and Michael said if they came in he’d consider it.”
James McFadden is no longer training with Wolves but McCarthy still awaits his decision over a contract offer.
“There’s a few in for him. We made an offer to him and I think he has got interest elsewhere,” he added.