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Wolves: Alex Crook claims club are keen on Mario Lemina

Wolves are keen on bringing midfielder Mario Lemina to the club in the January window, according to Alex Crook.

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Julen Lopetegui is keen to strengthen his squad in the January window as he aims to escape the relegation zone, with his side currently 19th in the Premier League.

Matheus Cunha has already joined from Atletico Madrid, but Lemina is thought to be next on his radar as he seeks to strengthen his options in central midfield.

Speaking on the TalkSPORT GameDay Podcast, Crook revealed that Wolves had a bid rejected by Nice for Lemina, but they were keen and are set to try again.

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“They’re really keen to bring Mario Lemina, former Southampton midfielder and former Fulham loanee, back to the Premier League,” he stated.

“They’ve already had one bid rejected by Nice. My understanding is they’re still working away on that deal.”

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Bruno Lage on the touchline for Wolves.

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Although Wolves do have some quality options in the centre of the park in Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Joao Moutinho, Lemina would provide a more defence-minded option and bring some tough tackling to the side.

He ranks in the top 10% of European midfielders for tackles, blocks and clearances as per FBref, and also ranks highly for passes and dribbles completed.

The 29-year-old will bring Premier League experience and could be the ideal signing to give the team a boost in a crunch few months for the club as they aim to survive.