Wolves are reportedly considering a bid for Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch, and the Austrian could be an excellent addition to Bruno Lage’s side this summer.
According to Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg, the Old Gold are interested in signing the 25-year-old this summer in a possible €10m (£8.5m) deal.
He tweeted: “Stefan Posch: It’s possible that he will leave Hoffenheim in this transfer period. He has a market in the Premier League. Wolverhampton is in. Transfer fee probably around €10m.”
Wolves have only made one new signing so far this summer, as Nathan Collins arrived from Burnley, and it seems as if Lage is considering further defensive reinforcements ahead of the new Premier League season.
The 46-year-old lost Romain Saiss and Marcal after their contracts came to an end, but considering the respective form of his defence and attack last season (43 goals conceded, 38 scored), you would have thought that signings in the latter category would have been the priority at Molineux this summer.
Last season saw Posch make 28 appearances in the Bundesliga, contributing two goals and averaging a less than impressive 6.57 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
WhoScored cite his main strengths as crossing, tackling and concentration. This suggests that he could work effectively in a three-at-the-back system if he were allowed to join the attack as an overlapping centre-back, which we saw Sheffield United use to great effect in their first season in the Premier League.
The centre-back has made 123 appearances for Hoffenheim in his career thus far, so he boasts plenty of top-flight experience, while at 25 he still has plenty of time to improve even further and adapt to the Premier League.
Posch also has a lot of experience with Austria, for whom he has earned 16 caps, so he could be a good option for Lage to have in his team next season, especially if the 46-year-old sticks with the three-at-the-back system.
Wolves’ squad is still looking worryingly thin (only four top-flight clubs have smaller), and while supporters might have been hoping for some more reinforcements in attack, Posch could prove to be a quality addition at the back and will provide good competition for the likes of Collins, Conor Coady and Max Kilman.
Considering that he is available for just £8.5m, the Austrian could prove to be a real bargain this summer, and Wolves supporters will be delighted to hear that their club are interested in signing him.