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Wolves initiate talks for Donny van de Beek

Wolverhampton Wanderers have opened talks with Donny van de Beek regarding a potential January move.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to a report by Birmingham Live, who claimed that Bruno Lage’s side are interested in taking the Manchester United midfielder on loan in the winter transfer window.

A further report by the Daily Mail claimed that both Wolves and Everton have already initiated talks with the 24-year-old, who recently changed his agent in a bid to force through a move away from Old Trafford in January.

Would Van De Beek be a good signing?

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He’s what Wolves are missing

Things are looking increasingly on the up under Lage’s leadership, with Wolves having picked up 12 points from a possible 15 in their last five fixtures. However, after loaning Morgan Gibbs-White to Sheffield United this summer, the 45-year-old is lacking any real attacking threat from the middle of the park.

Indeed, so far this season, Ruben Neves is the only midfielder in the Wolves squad to have found the back of the net in the league, while goalkeeper Jose Sa has created the same number of big chances as the highest-ranking Wolves midfielder (Joao Moutinho) with two.

As such, while it is true that Van De Beek has not had much of a chance to demonstrate his ability at Manchester United – having started just four Premier League fixtures since joining the club in a £35m move in September 2020 – the midfielder nevertheless proved during his time with Ajax that he could be a fantastic signing for Jeff Shi to get over the line in January.

Indeed, over his 23 Eredivisie appearances back in 2019/20, the £22.5m-rated Dutchman scored eight goals, registered five assists and created six big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 1.9 shots and making 1.8 key passes per game.

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These returns saw the 24-year-old who Owen Hargreaves dubbed an “unselfish” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.32, ranking him as Ajax’s sixth-best performer in the top flight of Dutch football.

As such, the £120k-per-week midfielder would make a brilliant addition to Bruno Lage’s Wolves squad this January. If he can rediscover his Ajax form following a potential switch to Molineux, he could prove be exactly what Wolves are currently missing.

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