Wolves could still sign free agent Jason Denayer, with the latest reports suggesting that the Belgium international is considering an offer from Bruno Lage’s side.
After a deal for Craig Dawson fell through on deadline day, Wolves have seemingly turned their attention to Denayer, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Lyon at the end of last season.
In a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT, journalist Dean Jones provided the latest on Wolves’ potential signing of the 27-year-old.
He said: “He’s still on the radar. The player himself is weighing up that move and whether it will be right for him.
“I think he needs convincing of his first-team opportunities and how this team is actually shaping up.”
The Old Gold look short of centre-back options following the departures of Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Romain Saiss this summer, with only Nathan Collins arriving at Molineux as a replacement.
While the former Burnley man and Max Kilman have formed a strong partnership at the back for Lage’s side, earning three clean sheets in their first six Premier League games as a centre-back duo, Wolves could be in real trouble if either of them were to pick up an injury, with only the inexperienced Toti and Yerson Mosquera available as back-ups.
Considering the lack of depth at centre-back, an experienced international such as Denayer could be a great addition to Lage’s side, even if he does struggle to oust either Kilman or Collins from the first team.
Lyon’s recruitment chief Florian Maurice was full of praise for Denayer in 2019, saying:
“He has all the characteristics we sought: he can play in every role across the defence, he’s got game intelligence, a good positional sense, he’s quick and he’s powerful in duels.”
Indeed, being quick and powerful are certainly the attributes you need to thrive in the English top-flight with the pace of the game often being rather frantic compared to other divisions in Europe.
Crucially, he also has previous Premier League experience with Sunderland and Champions League experience with Lyon and Galatasaray, so to bring him in for no transfer fee seems like a no-brainer for Lage given a lack of options.
While the focus is on bringing in Diego Costa as a free agent striker, a centre-back is also needed so Wolves should prioritise a move for Denayer as the Spaniard closes in on his own switch to Molineux.