The transfer window has only been closed for two weeks but Wolverhampton Wanderers are already pondering who they could lure to Molineux in January.
Their summer market was full of what-ifs and buts as the Old Gold struggled to acquire their primary targets.
One of the men Wolves tried to sign on transfer deadline day was Lille midfielder Renato Sanches.
A loan offer was submitted and initially, it looked as though a deal would be completed.
However, due to complications surrounding an ongoing injury for the midfielder and problems in agreeing an option to buy, the move fell through.
Yet, according to Birmingham Live’s Alex Dicken, there is hope that a move could be revived in January.
Writing this week, Dicken claimed: “Wolves are certain to look into the possibility of signing Sanches in January, but they will face more competition for the in-demand midfielder once his injury has healed.”
Although Wolves are set to face bigger rivals to sign the Portuguese sensation in a few months time, it can only be a good thing that Lage still has him on his radar.
After all, Sanches is still thought of as one of the brightest young central midfielders in Europe.
Couple that acclaim with a lack of genuine midfield depth and the idea of signing the Portugal international becomes even more appealing
Wolves’ main options in the middle of the park are Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho but with the former linked away and the latter tipped to be in his final years as a professional, they will need alternatives.
That’s especially with Owen Otasowie no longer at the club and Morgan Gibbs-White on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship.
Sanches is clearly better than those two and would give Wolves and Lage something they don’t have; depth.
On top of that, he’d add marvellous qualities to the team at Molineux. Having completed 1.7 dribbles per game last term, it’s clear he’s excellent when it comes to carrying the ball forward.
That’s also emphasised by his only appearance in Ligue 1 this term. During Lille’s 3-3 draw with Metz, the 24-year-old was sensational as he registered two shots, two key passes and an eye-catching four dribbles.
Compared to a great of the game, the Bundesliga website once described him like this: “A box-to-box midfielder with the strength of a WWE heavyweight and the nimble feet of a ballet dancer, Sanches is very much in the Clarence Seedorf.
“He also comes complete with an impressive range of passing, an absolute rocket of a shot and loves nothing more than to drive at opposition defenders. If he had wheels, he’d probably be a bulldozer with a V8 engine.”
If that doesn’t have Wolves supporters salivating and grinning from ear to ear, nothing will.
This is a potential signing to get excited about, one that could really take their game to the next level. The adoring Molineux fan base should be buzzing about their continued interest.