With the transfer window nearing a conclusion, Wolves continue to search around for a replacement for Patrick Cutrone and a backup to Raul Jimenez.
Numerous reports suggest that a deal for Portuguese forward Nelson Oliveira has looked the most likely, however, talks of the deal has stooled slightly over the past few days, with reports suggesting that the club are not willing to pay the full extent of his release clause – €6.5m (Page News via Birmingham Live).
With that deal on ice for the time being, other reports have suggested that there is another player being lined up for a move to Molineux, yet he is an anonymous figure at this stage.
Freelance reporter Tim Nash, who currently edits the Wolves-based outlet Wolves Bite, suggest that the deal for the 28-year-old could be ‘shelved’ as they they are in talks with an unnamed striker who they might prefer to the former Norwich player.
Is Nelson Oliveira a suitable back-up to Jimenez?
Yes, he's good enough for this level
He will do until the summer as a back-up
We need to have a better second-option
Fan account @TalkingWolves tweeted about the rumours, to which plenty of other supporters replied to.
Many suggested players that they would like it to be – including a few jokes about Cristiano Ronaldo and Grant Holt – while one think it makes sense considering that the club hasn’t coughed up the fee for Oliveira despite the riches of the Premier League.
Here are some replies below…
haaland cancelling his contract for big money move to black country
— tom™ (@iStickyyy) January 26, 2020
#cr7 was in asda earlier
— Ian (@Injury_20) January 26, 2020
Grant Holt coming out of retirement?
— cal (@calwwfc_) January 26, 2020
— Richard Evans (@richydafish) January 26, 2020
** scans transfermarkt for mendes clients** ….
— Arjan Sangha (@Mr_Sangha) January 26, 2020
Makes perfect sense-if we really wanted Nelson as first choice we would’ve just offered the release clause.We’re stalling to see if we can secure our first choice, then if we can’t get him by middle of next week, say, we up our offer to Nelson’s release clause to get him instead.
— Snarlingwolf (@Snarlingwolf1) January 26, 2020
Nelson Oliveira has had an okay season this year; 10 goals in 21 games represents a decent goal return for a player who is likely to be a backup to Jimenez.
Alternatively, it must be said that the deal isn’t particularly inspiring – not nearly as inspiring as Patrick Cutrone – so some fans might be eagerly anticipating some news of a different forward.