Wolves react to Kalajdzic injury by booking in trial for high-profile former Chelsea goal getter

Diego Costa with Atletico Mineiro

Wolves have invited former Chelsea striker Diego Costa for a trial with a view to taking him on a free transfer, according to reports.

Finding a new striker was a priority task for Wolves during the summer transfer window. Eventually, they managed to secure the signing of Sasa Kalajdzic from Stuttgart for a fee just upwards of £15million.

The Austria international made his debut for the club in a win over Southampton on Saturday. However, his outing ended at half-time due to a physical issue, the severity of which became clear on Sunday.

Wolves have confirmed that Kalajdzic has suffered an ACL injury to his knee. It means he will be out for a number of months, leaving Bruno Lage’s side short in an area they needed depth in.

But it seems they have reacted quickly, despite the transfer window having closed. According to The Athletic, they are exploring a deal to sign Diego Costa, which is still possible because he is a free agent.

The former Chelsea centre-forward has played for Atletico Madrid and Atletico Mineiro since leaving the Premier League behind. However, his spell with the latter in Brazil ended back in January.

Without a club ever since, Costa could get a chance to return to the Premier League with Wolves.

The Athletic are reporting that Costa will take a trial with Wolves on Tuesday, during which they will check on his fitness levels and how he would suit the setup.

Diego Costa deal worth considering for Wolves

It is likely any possible deal for the 33-year-old would be a short-term arrangement. However, before any offer, Costa will have to show what he has to offer on trial.

If he can get back to his previous levels, he would be an exciting signing for Wolves. During his time with Chelsea, he scored 52 goals in 89 Premier League appearances.

There were some questions about his discipline, but he was certainly capable of getting goals in the English top flight and making himself a handful for defenders.

With options limited due to the closure of the transfer market, he will be worth exploring by Wolves. It will be interesting to see how he gets on during his trial.

If Costa does join, he would be competing with Raul Jimenez for a place up front. The Mexico international is also currently on the sidelines, but The Athletic say his injury is not serious.

A return to training has been pencilled in for the coming week, during which time Costa will also be getting checked out.

And he isn’t the only free agent Wolves are still looking at, with one option emerging onto their radar at the opposite end of the pitch…

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