Wolverhampton Wanderers have postponed their long-awaited reunion with Henri Camara by allowing him a further extension to his summer holiday due to 'travel difficulties'.
Already a fortnight late in returning to pre-season training, the controversial Senegal striker has now officially been allowed another few days off before reporting back from Africa to Molineux.
?We have received news that Henri Camara is experiencing travel difficulties in getting back from Dakar,? said chief executive Jez Moxey. ?We understand this and we are now not expecting him back at Molineux until later this week.?
This news will barely warrant any raising of the eyebrows for all those who have followed the extraordinary saga of the disappearing man from Senegal. But it has at least handed Wolves extra time to tie up a deal that would ensure he is never seen at the club again.
Camara, who first refused to play for Wolves after they were relegated from the Premiership in May 2004, spent last season out on loan first with Celtic, then Southampton.
Despite being part of a relegated Premiership team for the second season running (and he was also relegated with French side Sedan the season before he came to Molineux), Camara is still convinced that he is good enough to play in the top tier.
Wolves have banked two separate loan fees to pay off his initial #1.5 million fee but their collective patience has run thin and they increasingly look like settling for a cut-price transfer fee in the region of #3 million just to get him off their books.
Willie McKay, Camara?s agent, expects a deal to be done before the transfer window closes at the end of next month.
?Henri has no problem in training with Wolves or going back to Wolverhampton,? said McKay. ?It?s his job; they are his employers.
?The problem is playing in the Championship. In Senegal, people only see you play in the Premiership.
?And I foresee he will be leaving Wolves before August 31.?
Wolves opened their pre-season campaign with a 1-0 win at Hednesford Town last night, thanks to a first-half goal from Leon Clarke.
Manager Glenn Hoddle managed to give all of his first team squad a 45-minute run-out - a plan he again hopes to repeat when they play another friendly at AFC Telford United tonight.