Cape Town - Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo admits he is looking to
sign more players in January but would not specify individual targets.
After starting the season early due to Europa League
qualifying in the summer, Wolves are gearing up for their 29th game of the
campaign on Sunday when they head to Brighton.
Nuno has a relatively small squad at his disposal and has
largely used the same players in both competitions.
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio has already racked up 25
appearances, while defender Conor Coady and striker Raul Jiminez have missed
just two games each.
Wolves sit fifth in the Premier League and are already
through to the Europa League knockout stage with a game to spare, and Nuno is
eager to boost his options in the New Year to ensure his side can maintain
their form until the end of the campaign.
“We’re going to bring players in,” he said, as reported by
the Birmingham Mail. “We need players to help the squad that can give us new
solutions because it’s going to be a very long season.”
When pressed further Nuno simply said “players” in typically
cryptic fashion but there has been plenty of speculation doing the rounds
regarding possible Molineux arrivals in recent weeks.
A striker could well be on the agenda as Jimenez has largely
shouldered the burden of leading the line on his own, supported by two wide
men, as although summer buy Patrick Cutrone has managed 19 appearances across
all competitions, he has only managed three Premier League starts.
Cutrone arrived from AC Milan and it has been suggested
Wolves could raid the San Siro again to snare Krzysztof Piatek, as the
Rossoneri are apparently open to offers to fund moves for their own targets.
Former Watford man Odion Ighalo has also emerged as a
surprise target. Ighalo is currently playing in China but would be open to a
Premier League return, although a number of clubs have also been linked with
Wolves do look fairly well-stocked in midfield and head of
recruitment John Marshall has previously said that is not a priority area ahead
of the mid-season window.
It is a different story in defence though as Romain Saiss
has been playing at centre-half of late due to Willy Boly’s injury.
Saiss does play at the back for national side Morocco and
has looked comfortable in Wolves’ back three – but that does not mean a
centre-half isn’t on the agenda for Nuno.
Wolves have been linked with an ambitious move for
22-year-old Benfica star Ruben Dias but whether they can convince the
Portuguese giants to sell remains to be seen.
The Lisbon club apparently values Dias at a whopping £60 million
and Manchester City are also thought to be keen.
Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile has also been suggested as a
potential defensive target for Wolves ahead of the January window.