Wolves keen on former West Ham target but lack edge their rivals have

Date published: Wednesday 25th August 2021 7:02 - Dan Burnham

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Wolves are reportedly keen on a former West Ham target as they look to reinforce their defence, but they face a battle to get him due to their lack of European football.

This summer has been the start of a new era for Wolves. The man who guided them to the Premier League, Nuno Espirito Santo, is gone and Bruno Lage has taken over. On the pitch, it hasn’t been the greatest opening with back-to-back 1-0 losses.

But it is course early days and Lage has brought with him title-winning experience. He won the Premeira Liga in his native Portugal with Benfica.

Off the pitch, the 45-year-old has brought in Barcelona winger Trincao on loan and made four permanent defensive additions.

And he’s looking to add another player for his backline before the window closes. That’s according to Sky Sports, who report Wolves want to sign another centre-back.

Their search has supposedly taken them towards Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car. The Croatian international was the subject of a reported bid from the Hammers earlier this month.

This was knocked back and consequently they shifted their attention to Kurt Zouma. A deal has been agreed with Chelsea and personal talks are ongoing.

Despite turning down West Ham’s offer, Marseille are open to selling Caleta-Car this summer. A fee in the region of £17m is what they are seeking.

However, Wolves lack what West Ham were able to offer the 24-year-old and what his current club can also provide.

Duje-Caleta-Car marseille defender trains with Croatia June 2021

That is, of course, European football. Both clubs will take part in at least the Europa League group stage this season.

It is understood that the centre-back is only willing to move to a club who can give him something similar.

At present, then, it seems like a tricky deal for Wolves to try and complete. The report states they could intensify their approach if the player or his club give them any new encouragement.

Another Wolves search settles on target

Meanwhile, Wolves are also looking for a striker. And this search has has led them to an in-form Championship man, per a report.

The West Midlands side have been boosted by the recent return of Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull in November.

The Mexico international is now back to full fitness and played in Wolves’ first two games of the season.

But his club are now looking at signing a new striker who could be available for just £7million…

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