According to Portuguese news outlet O Jogo, via Sport Witness, Wolves have put in a bid for Vitoria Guimaraes centre-back Edmond Tapsoba but face stiff competition in trying to land him.
It’s believed that the west Midlanders have offered €20m (£16.9m) despite the 20-year-old holding a €50m (£42.3m) release clause.
Premier League rivals Leicester City are also in the hunt and have reportedly offered the same amount whilst Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen recently bid €18m (£15.2m) after sending a club official to Portugual to try and thrash out a deal.
O Jogo also claim that Vitoria may be tempted into selling the 6 foot 3 colossus, even though they only own 70% of his rights but it remains to be seen if either top-flight team can clinch him before Friday’s 11pm deadline.
Although the addition of a new centre-back appears to be unlikely at Molineux this window, it is something that must be considered if the right player becomes available – whether that is now or later in the summer.
Wolves’ backline is a little suspect at the minute with manager Nuno Santo opting for central midfielders Leander Dendoncker and Romain Saiss frequently, and even though Willy Boly is back from injury, there’s still a spot open for a player to claim.
In the Premier League, Nuno’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in nine straight matches and have conceded two or more goals in four of their last six, per WhoScored.
It’s fair to suggest that improvements could be made defensively and signing someone of Tapsoba’s stature could help solve this issue.
The towering centre-back has played a vast 32 games this season, keeping 14 clean sheets whilst he has a knack for finding the net having scored eight times, via Transfermarkt.
Tapsoba has played against Arsenal twice in the Europa League, which should only be further encouragement over his long-term prospects as he’s getting in elite-level experience early doors in his career.
If this opportunity arises, Wolves must do all they can to clinch him.
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