Wolverhampton Wanderers are close to finalising a deal to bring Olympiacos forward Daniel Podence to the Premier League.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been tipped for a busy end to the month as they eye a number of signings in the final week-and-a-half of the January transfer window. The capture of Podence is thought to be a priority for Wolves, who have nearly wrapped up their move for Ecuadorian forward Leonardo Campana.
The Telegraph claim Campana will be the Wanderers’ first signing of the window, while negotiations over Podence’s switch have steadily progressed over recent weeks.
Wolves are yet to match Olympiacos’ £21m valuation of the 24-year-old Portuguese, though it’s expected that the English club will eventually agree a fee with the Greeks.
Jorge Mendes is thought to be Podence’s agent, which will have had a positive impact on talks between the two sides, given his long-standing association with the hierarchy at Molineux.
For the last three campaigns, Mendes has played a significant role in Wolves’ recruitment programme, helping them secure the services of a number of Portuguese players, including Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio.
Red Bull Salzburg’s Hwang Hee-Chan is another who the Wanderers are tracking, but that deal will have to wait until the summer, despite previous reports indicating Santo’s team had ’agreed a deal’ for him to join this month.
The Austrians’ decision to sell Erling Braut Haaland and Takumi Minamino earlier this January seems to have brought that move to a halt. Nevertheless, the man in charge has confirmed Wolves are looking to bring in reinforcements before February arrives.
After Saturday’s stunning 3-2 win at Southampton, Santo explained: “
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