Wolves turn to former Liverpool striker after reason why Diego Costa was denied a work permit emerges

Former Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll

Wolves have identified ex-Liverpool frontman Andy Carroll as a viable alternative if their appeal over Diego Costa’s work permit falls on deaf ears, per reports.

The need to sign an adequate back-up to Raul Jimenez this summer was clear. Wolves simply aren’t the same threat going forward when lacking a focal point in their attack. As such, Bruno Lage turned to Stuttgart hitman, Sasa Kalajdzic.

The Austrian arrived in the latter stages of the window for a fee around the £15m mark. However, less than 45 minutes into his debut against Southampton, Kalajdzic suffered a torn ACL.

With a significant spell on the sidelines ahead, Wolves are dipping into the free agent market to remedy their woes.

Former Chelsea firebrand, Diego Costa, emerged as their primary target.

The 33-year-old last played for Atletico Mineiro back in Brazil, though has been a free agent since January.

Regardless, a one-year deal has reportedly been signed off and Costa is due to fly into England later today to conduct a medical on Wednesday.

However, the Athletic are one of many outlets to report the deal has hit a sizeable hurdle.

Wolves’ application for a work permit for Costa has been denied. Per the Athletic, that is due to the striker not scoring enough points to qualify on the system due to not having played enough competitive matches in the last year.

Fabrizio Romano reported Wolves have immediately appealed the decision. However, if their appeal is unsuccessful, a Costa move cannot happen.

Wolves size up Andy Carroll

That is the outcome that looks likeliest at present. As such, the Telegraph report Wolves are already eyeing up alternatives, including Andy Carroll.

Now 33, Carroll is best known for failing to live up to expectations following his £35m move to Liverpool in 2011.

He played for West Ham, Newcastle, Reading and most recently West Brom since then. He is currently a free agent after his contract with the Baggies expired over the summer.

Wolves will reportedly ‘consider a move’ for Carroll if Costa can’t join. What’s more, he’d also classify as a homegrown player on their quota.

Desperate times call for desperate measures

The thought of signing Andy Carroll isn’t likely to fill Wolves fans with any great optimism.

However, Kalajdzic’s injury has left them short up top and Fabio Silva has been loaned to Anderlecht.

Furthermore, Morgan Gibbs-White could’ve played as a false nine after deputising up top while on loan at Sheffield United last season. However, the rising star has been sold to Nottingham Forest.

Carroll’s record at the Hawthorns stood at three goals in 15 matches. He played for Reading during the first half of the 2021-22 campaign where he notched two goals in eight.

Those numbers won’t excite Wolves fans, but he did at least appear to overcome his injury troubles. He featured in 23 matches out of a possible 28 during his stints between the two Championship clubs.