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Wolves target Artem Dzyuba would go against key philosophies

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This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

According to Russian news outlet Riafan, Wolves were one of three Premier League clubs to keep a watchful eye over striker Artem Dzyuba last week.

What’s the word?

Russia defeated Scotland 2-1 on Friday evening at Hampton Park in their Euro 2020 qualifier which saw them go five points clear of third in Group I.

Dzyuba both started and scored in the match as the 2018 World Cup hosts left Scotland’s qualification hopes dangling by a thread.

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The 31-year-old was gifted the goal by Andrew Robertson after the Liverpool left-back handed it straight on a plate for him to rifle home just before half-time.

Riafan suggests that members of the Wolves hierarchy were in attendance to witness his goalscoring performance.

The transfer window is currently closed for Premier League and European clubs alike and with January still four months away; it appears the Midlands outfit are looking at potential options early.

Wrong fit

It remains to be seen whether or not the report is true, but either way, it would seem a strange move from boss Nuno Santo.

The club signed Patrick Cutrone this summer for £16m to add to Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota.

The 6 foot 5 colossus is also getting on a bit and would be 32 by the time the 2020/21 campaign is in full swing, which would be going against one of Fosun’s philosophies as they are wanting to recruit young talent.

Dzyuba would also be different from a host of Wolves’ signings in recent years.

Seven of the current squad are Portuguese-born while centre-back Willy Boly and the manager himself have plied their trade on the Iberian peninsula.

The forward’s contract expires next summer so he could be available for a cut-rate in January, but that still seems rather unlikely given the factors mentioned above.

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