Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently chasing a move for former Lyon defender Jason Denayer as Bruno Lage looks to add the player to his squad.
The club were linked with a move for Denayer, who is currently a free agent following the expiration of his Lyon contract, near the end of the summer transfer window. A three-year deal was offered but nothing was confirmed during the window.
However, a tweet from one journalist in Belgium might well disappoint the Molineux faithful. They provided the latest on the situation, saying:
“Jason Denayer transfer to Wolverhampton at an impasse and the situation does not change. Wolves don’t want to offer more and the player doesn’t want to earn less.”
It looks like Lage does want his man, but only at the right price.
Wolves were also linked with a move for West Ham United defender Craig Dawson, but that didn’t materialise and with Willy Boly joining Nottingham Forest and Conor Coady moving to Everton, Lage will require another centre-back to join the club.
Denayer could be an excellent addition to the squad. He has experience at the highest level, playing regularly for Lyon in the Champions League and winning 35 caps for Belgium.
With a World Cup fast approaching, the 27-year-old will be desperate to get regular game time and a move to Wolves could work well for both parties given the emerging situation at Molineux.
Indeed, amid Boly’s late departure, the Belgian could be something of a dream successor.
That means he could be more progressive and assured, leading to fewer mistakes in Lage’s backline.
Denayer proved that his natural strength is one of his key attributes, only being dribbled past on average 0.1 times per match, with Boly much higher at 0.7, while the Belgium international only lost possession 3.5 times per game compared to the 9.9 times that Boly lost the ball.
Composure will be a big asset in the Premier League and by selling Boly and making a move for Denayer – a man dubbed “powerful” by Florian Maurice, recruitment chief at Lyon – they could give the supporters a post-deadline day boost.
With Diego Costa also set to move to England pending a medical today, Lage may finally have injected some spark back into his team