Wolves must swoop in for Mario now West Ham have spent big on Anderson instead

Wolverhampton Wanderers want to boost their squad ahead of their return to the Premier League with the acquisition of Portuguese international Joao Mario, but are yet to make a formal bid, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Sport Witness.

What’s the story, then?

The report says that Wolves are keen to take the man who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham to Molineux and are using Jorge Mendes as a conduit.

They say that Mendes does not represent the player but that he has probed the possibility of doing a deal and the signs are so good that an agreement may be reached in the coming days.

However, they claim that a formal bid has not yet been launched, although Inter are braced for an approach.

Wolves’ dallying is a mystery

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Wolves have been so decisive in the transfer market since their big-money takeover and Mendes’ involvement has been at the heart of that strong strategy.

Therefore, if his initial approach has shown that the signs are good and with West Ham otherwise engaged with the purchase of Felipe Anderson, the delay is something of a surprise.

Inter are notorious for driving a hard bargain on the selling side, so getting negotiations started sooner rather than later would be beneficial for Wolves.