Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves eyeing move for £15.7m Portuguese shot stopper

Championship title winners Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to sign Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio, according to a report from the Daily Mail. 

The goalkeeper had been subject to interest from Napoli but the Italian giants now face a battle with the newly promoted side for the Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper.

John Ruddy was in goal for Wolves last season after Nuno Espirito Santo drafted him in as cover for Carl Ikeme after he was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

The former Norwich goalkeeper won the Championship’s Golden Glove Award after he kept 22 clean sheets for Wanderers on their way to the league title.

He signed a two-year deal last summer so has one year left at the club on his current contract.

However, it is understood that the Wolves boss is now looking for a new number one at Molineux as he builds for the Wanderers first season back in the Premier League.

The Midland club already have a number of Portuguese stars in their ranks including Ruben Neves and  Helder Costa.

However, the Portuguese revolution looks set to continue if they can pull off the signing of Patricio.

Patricio was part of the Portuguese side that won Euro 2016 and his winning mentality could be a key part of helping Wolves adapt in their return to the top flight.

Patricio has spent his whole career with Lisbon, making 327 appearances for the club.

The 30-year-old has also been capped 68 times for his National side since 2010 and has firmly established himself as the Nation’s number one.

Wolves will look to build a squad capable of maintaining momentum in the Premier League and the signing of Patricio would provide a solid foundation to build on.

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