Despite reports in recent days suggesting that Boubakary Soumare had no chance of joining Wolves, another report has now suggested that they still have their eyes firmly set on the midfielder.
The report claims that they are not the only ones, though, with Napoli to have also made an offer within the same kind of ballpark.
The Lille midfielder has been attracting interest from all over Europe for his performances in Ligue 1. According to a report in La Voix du Nord a few days prior, he also has the interest of other huge clubs such as Tottenham, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Valencia.
Obviously, the aforementioned clubs all have more reputational clout compared to Wolves, with them all lining up in the final 16 of the Champions League. Though apparently, there is one thing that will give them a boost over the rivals – they are willing to agree to a deal which will see the midfielder finish the season in France by returning to them on loan until the end of the season.
Would you be happy to spend upwards of €50m on Soumare?
Yes, he would be a great signing
No, he's too expensive
Nevertheless, the report states that these still aren’t quite at the demands of Lille, and are ‘deemed insufficient’ for the time being, anyway.
The story also mentions how Wolves had a go at signing him last summer, but they saw an offer of €40 (around £34m) rejected.
Lille currently have a strong mandate to ask for a lot of money as they remain towards the top of Ligue 1 and have no real rush to sell him in January. For Wolves, it would be a huge outlay for a midfielder with such little experience, but would also be a huge coup for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and would show that they mean business amongst the very top of English football.