Wolves are seemingly in the market for a new goalkeeper to challenge Jose Sa this month, and it seems as if Bristol City shot-stopper Daniel Bentley could be one to arrive at Molineux.
According to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook, Julen Lopetegui‘s side could “step up” their interest in the 29-year-old before the transfer window closes next week.
He tweeted: “Wolves could step up their interest in Bristol City goalkeeper Dan Bentley between now and the end of the transfer window.”
The former Brentford man is out of contract at Ashton Gate in the summer, which suggests that any Wolves move for him could be a bargain, with Bentley likely arriving as a second-choice goalkeeper behind Sa.
After the summer 2022 exit of the experienced John Ruddy, Wolves have been left with just Matija Sarkic as cover for Sa this season, with the Montenegro international boasting fewer than 100 senior appearances in his career despite being 25.
He has managed just three appearances in his spell at Wolves and it is easy to see why Julen Lopetegui would want a more experienced backup such as Bentley, who has been a first-choice with the likes of Southend, Brentford and Bristol City in his career, surpassing 400 appearances in the Football League.
As an English player, Bentley would also help with homegrown registration rules, with Wolves following in the footsteps of a number of Premier League clubs who opt to have an experienced British shot-stopper in their squad.
The 29-year-old has been sidelined by Nigel Pearson for most of this season, making 13 appearances for the Robins in the Championship and averaging a 6.50 rating from WhoScored for his performances, but he has been a consistent first-choice for the vast majority of his career.
Considering that Sa has averaged a 6.57 rating from WhoScored in a higher league, it seems unlikely that the former Olympiacos man will be displaced by Bentley as number one at Molineux.
However, given the 29-year-old’s vast experience in the Football League and his contract situation at Ashton Gate, there seems little doubt that he would be an ideal bargain signing for the Old Gold this month from both a footballing and financial perspective.