An update has emerged regarding Wolves’ interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Noni Madueke.
According to Sky Sports, Wolves are interested in signing the PSV winger this month. Leicester and Tottenham are also said to be keen on the forward, who could cost a fee in the region of £30m.
The report claims that the Barnet-born attacker could prove to be too expensive for the three Premier League clubs but does not completely rule out a move from any of them.
Wolves must take the plunge and seal a deal for Madueke for £30m this summer if they have the funds available to snap him up. The winger could solve a key issue for Bruno Lage this season – goals and assists from out wide.
Pedro Neto was the club’s top scorer and creator in the Premier League last year with five goals and six assists to his name. The Portuguese forward is now out until at least February with a dislocated kneecap, which means that he will not be available for the majority of the campaign.
This means that Wanderers are without their main goalscoring and creative threat for the next six months or so, which has created an issue at the top end of the pitch which needs fixing. Adama Traore managed a paltry two goals and two assists last season and started this campaign off by missing a gilt-edged chance against Leicester on the opening day, which suggests that he is not the man to solve their woes.
Meanwhile, Madueke already has five goals and one assist in seven competitive games for PSV this term. This comes after providing nine goals and eight assists in all competitions last term for the Dutch outfit.
Former PSV midfielder Tommie van de Leegte hailed Madueke as explosive and praised the creativity he brings to the team, saying: “He’s fast and has the capability to trick his opponent. He brings creativity and is very explosive in his actions.
“Yes, he’s young, but age doesn’t matter to me. He has shown himself in pre-season, so I would give him the chance to prove himself in the big games as well.”
This shows that he has the quality to impact games on a regular basis despite only turning 19 in March. It is impossible to say whether or not he will be able to translate his form over to the Premier League, but if he could, then Lage’s Neto problem would be alleviated as Madueke can both score and create goals.
At the age of 19, the gem also has plenty of scope left to grow and develop as a player. This is why the £30m fee could be worth paying as Wolves could end up making a profit in the future if he is able to come over to the Premier League and replicate his stunning form from the Netherlands in his home country.