Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be in the market for attacking additions this month, and Express & Star journalist Joe Edwards believes he has the ideal target in mind.
Nuno Santo has previously revealed his intentions to bolster his options with The Athletic claiming the club expects to sign at least two players despite only two weeks remaining in the January transfer window.
The sale of Patrick Cutrone to Fiorentina has put further pressure on the club to make signings, but who is suitable?
In a recent transfer Q&A this week, Edwards was asked to outline Wolves’ biggest need and to suggest who might be a wise player to chase, to which he emphasised the dire situation Nuno finds himself in regards to strikers.
Edwards then said:
“I’ve mentioned him a couple of times, Andraz Sporar. This is not somebody that Wolves are concrete in for but Wolves came up against him in the Europa League for Slovan Bratislava. He scored against Wolves; scored 5 goals in Group K.
“Celtic have apparently met with him and his agent, and they are talking about £6-7m for this lad. He scored 29 goals in the Slovakian league last year, I know it’s not the most amazing standard but he’s done it in the Europa League. I think he’s got 12 in 11 this season so he’s carried on doing it.
“If Wolves are looking for players on the continent that they can pick up cheap, I mean he’s 25 and has got years ahead of him. Apparently Sporting Lisbon are another club that’s met with him and are in talks with him.
“I think you could do a lot worse. Wolves have seen him first hand, he gave them problems in both games. In the group stages, they didn’t come against anyone better than Sporar. He looks a really tidy player and if you can get him for £6-7m, that’s pretty risk-free business.”
There is now a desperate need to find a striker that can come in and make an impact this month – an even harder task given it is halfway through the season and teams won’t want to give up their best players.
So the likelihood of finding the next Raul Jimenez is probably going to be put on the back-burner until the summer.
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But that doesn’t stop there being a priority over a backup option as the Mexican is going to burn out before the season’s end, as we’ve already seen a few times.
With Cutrone gone, Wolves only have Benny Ashley-Seal as a suitable second-choice but they would rather he go out on loan to get valuable game time instead.
Edwards’ belief that Andraz Sporar would be a risk-free move is certainly hard to disagree with, especially with figures of £5m being touted by the Daily Record for his services.
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