He initially came to Molineux on a season-long loan from Portuguese giants Benfica, before Wolves paid a club record £13 million fee to bring the dangerous winger to the club.

Backed by Chinese investment, Wolves have twice broken their club record transfer fee with Costa’s £13 million fee eclipsing the reported £7 million fee that Wolves paid for Portuguese forward Ivan Cavaleiro who signed up for Championship football from Ligue 1 side Monaco in August.

To press, before the injury that has sidelined him of late, Costa has repaid Wolves with some scintillating football, the fleet-footed winger scoring ten goals and providing eight assists for teammates, a further two goals and three assists coming in cup games.

This prowess does, however, come at a cost with his displays obviously catching the eye of potential suitors with a host of sides said to be interested in his services – with both Chelsea and Arsenal linked early in March.

However, it is a new name and favourite heading the list of clubs said to be interested in bringing him in ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. Current favourites to capture his signature are Wolves’ near rivals West Bromwich Albion who are currently 4/1 to sign up the six-cap Portuguese Under-21 international before September 3 with bookmakers BetVictor.

Other teams said to be in the running are more prestigious names such as second-favourites Monaco, with whom Costa spent a season on loan from July 2015-June 2016, who are seen as 6/1 shots to bring the 23-year-old in. Others with longer odds on capturing him in the summer are aforesaid London pair Chelsea and Arsenal (8/1), with Leicester and Everton further out at odds of 10/1 with newly promoted Brighton further out at 16/1 alongside fellow likely Championship promotion side Newcastle United on the same odds.

16th-placed Wolves face Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, a game where Costa will again not feature due to his injury.

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