Wolves make ‘serious offer’ for ex-beach soccer star; Newcastle also in race

Matthew Briggs
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Wolves have made an offer for Montpellier striker Andy Delort, while Newcastle are also keen, claims a report.

Delort is no stranger to England. The 29-year-old was a near £3m buy for Wigan in 2014, but he did not last long with Latics.

The Algeria international failed to score in 11 appearances and was quickly shipped out on loan to Tours in France.

Speaking afterwards the forward claimed Wigan made him bulk after signing him for the Championship.

“In England, it is physical, it is a fight for 90 minutes,” he told Instagram Live last June. “I played over there, I know how it is.

“When I arrived, they made me put on 4 or 5 kgs, I had enormous arms! I am already 84kg.”

Delort has since rebuilt his career with Caen, Mexican club Tigres and Toulouse, before joining Montpellier in 2018. And Wigan did receive a sizeable sell-on for the player when he signed for Tigres for £6.7m in 2016.

And now he is a target for Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who is looking for a replacement for Raul Jimenez.

Jimenez is back in light training, but is unlikely to return this season after fracturing his skull.

Sports daily Le Buteur say Delort has “received a serious offer” from Wolves.

And Toon chief Steve Bruce is also said to want the Montpellier ace, with the Magpies managing just 18 goals in their first 16 Premier League games.

Delort has scored eight goals and grabbed six assists this season in Ligue 1 and Wolves want him “at all costs”.

The report also claims Steve Bruce wants Delort to boost his forward line. The Magpies have managed just 18 goals in 17 games and are slipping towards the Premier League relegation zone.

The Sun claims that Delort is rated at £14m; he is under contract with Montpellier until 2024.

A bid anywhere in that region would be hard for Montpellier to turn down for a player who is an ex-member of France’s beach football team.

Wolves eye Tavernier

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough have brushed off a number of enquiries for midfield star Marcus Tavernier, TEAMtalk understands.

The England Under-20 international is showing the best form of his career under Neil Warnock as Boro push for the play-offs.

That form has not gone unnoticed, with a number of Premier League sides expressing an interest.

The 21-year-old signed a new long-term deal 12 months ago. As such, Boro have no intentions of letting him leave as they are push hard for promotion.

Our sources have indicated Everton, Leicester and Wolves have all registered their interest. Hometown club Leeds are also thought to be keeping tabs on him.