Just before Wolverhampton, much to their frustration, travelled home from the Emirates with just one point due to a late Henrikh Mkhitaryan equaliser, one of their scouts was present at Bordeaux-Caen to supervise the Ligue 1 fixture, joined by a colleague from West Brom, according to Girondins4Ever.
Finishing 0-0, there wasn’t much to get excited about, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly who the Wolves representative would have been keeping an eye on.
The obvious talent in the squad is Bordeaux’s best player this season, Francois Kamano, yet wingers isn’t exactly what Nuno Espirito Santo is short of at Molineux.
Perhaps, and this will apply to West Brom too, the Wolves scout was keeping an eye on Aurélien Tchouaméni, who has been the Ligue 1 side’s latest starlet to emerge, as the 18-year-old slowly makes a claim for a first-team spot this season.
Making 14 appearances in all competitions already, the France U19 international is clearly already attracting some attention, as the Baggies also look to rejuvenate their midfield in January.
That means Lukas Lerager, a 25-year-old central midfielder could also have been on their agenda.
In defence, as West Brom also look to add some depth in that department, the go-to man for everyone present will have been Alexander Djiku, who has always been highly-rated in France, dating back to his time at Bastia.
Just to be clear, these are just our educated guesses, but we’ll be keeping an eye out to see if any pattern emerges over the coming weeks, as scouts will become more and more prevalent in preparation for the January transfer window.