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Wolves eyeing Viktor Gyokeres swoop

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Coventry City star Viktor Gyokeres and the Swedish striker could be a huge player for Julen Lopetegui in the second half of the season.

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According to Swedish outlet Sportsbladet (via Coventry Live), Wolves have now joined the race to land the player, although he indicates that a summer move could be more likely that a January switch for Gyokeres.

The 24-year-old has also attracted interest from the likes of Everton, West Ham United and Crystal Palace ahead of the winter window, as he continues to catch the eye for the Sky Blues in the Championship, with no player having scored more goals in the second tier so far this season.

While Wolves are undoubtedly in a relegation battle this season, they have already emphasised their transfer pull with the loan addition of Matheus Cunha, so adding another highly sought-after striker could be exactly what Lopetegui needs to improve the Old Gold’s fortunes in front of goal and ensure that they finish above the dotted line.

Huge for Lopetegui

Although Lopetegui was able to secure a vital three points in his first game as Wolves boss on Boxing Day, the Old Gold were less than convincing against a similarly poor Everton side, and attacking reinforcements are no doubt still required if the Midlands club are going to distance themselves completely from relegation this season.

The likes of Raul Jimenez, Diego Costa and Hwang Hee-Chan have all failed to score in the top flight so far this campaign, with midfielder Ruben Neves leading the scoring charts with just four goals.

While Cunha will add quality in attack, the Brazilian had failed to score for Atletico Madrid in the 2022/23 campaign, so Gyokeres could offer a more natural goalscoring option in the final third.

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Bruno Lage on the touchline for Wolves.

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Since joining Coventry, the Sweden international has notched an impressive 33 goals and six assists in 89 appearances, which included 22 goal contributions in the 2021/22 campaign.

Manager Mark Robins is certainly a big fan of the talismanic frontman, as he sang his praises earlier in the season after he scored in their opening-day draw with Sunderland.

He said: “He’s not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination but he has some unbelievable ability – power, technique. He has got everything in his locker and that desire and hunger to score goals.”

Given Wolves’ woes in front of goal in recent seasons, it would be huge for Lopetegui to sign another dangerous young striker alongside Cunha, so the Old Gold should do everything they can to bring Gyokeres to Molineux next month.