According to the Birmingham Mail, and building on a Sun story from two days ago, Wolves are looking to get their teeth into former West Brom target Josef De Souza.
Whilst the Mail bring it up-to-date saying that the “latest name [linked to the club]it that of De Souza“, it is the Sun article that gives more than bare bones to the story.
John Hutchinson, writing in The Sun, says that Wolves “are lining up a raid” that will culminate in Fenerbache’s Brazilian midfielder Josef De Souza ending up plying his trade in the top tier of English football.
The three-cap international arrived at Turkish side Fenerbache in a £7.2 million transfer in early July 2015 and has a year left on his contract. However, as Turkish site SporX report, the Brazilian is wanting a new three-year deal from Fenerbache but has heard nothing due to presidential elections at the club.
Should Aziz Yildrim win the race for Fenerbache president, a new contract is expected to be offered to the 29-year-old Brazilian. The Sun say that “sources in Istanbul” have reported that newly promoted Wolves “are ready to offer up to £11 million” for the former Porto defensive midfielder. These ‘sources’ are likely to be similar to Turkish website Takvim who confirm that Wolves “were the first to deal with” the Fenerbache hierarchy.
De Souza featured 33 times for Fenerbache (32 starts) last season scoring against Kayerispor, Trabzonspor and Kasimpasa as his side finished in 2nd place in the Turkish Super Lig, earning a Champions League place.
Whilst it is thought that Fenerbache do want to keep hold of him, the lure and pull of the Premier League and a campaign alongside fellow Portuguese speakers such as Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota should not be dismissed out-of-hand.