Wolves close to deal for first new signing of January transfer window
Wolverhampton Wanderers are edging closer to securing the signing of Japan international Shoya Nakajima, according to reports in Portugal.
The 24-year-old has emerged onto the radars of several Premier League clubs this season, having scored five goals this season for Portuguese top tier side Portimonense after hitting double figures in the last campaign.
Leicester City and Southampton have been keeping close tabs on Nakajima, who also has four assists to his name this term, and have watched him in action.
Nakajima has a release clause of £35m but Wolves are confident they can snare him for less than that due to Portimonense’s need to raise funds.
Nakajima – who joined Portimonense from FC Tokyo initially on loan last year – has been capped six times by Japan and scored twice, including in a recent win over Kyrgyzstan.
Wolves currently have Helder Costa, Diogo Jota, Adama Traore, Ivan Cavaleiro and Morgan Gibbs-White as options out wide.
Meanwhile, Mbaye Diagne, the Kasimpasa striker reportedly on Wolves’ transfer shortlist, has revealed his wish to play in England.
The 27-year-old has been linked with Wolves in recent weeks ahead of the transfer window which re-opens in less than a month.
Reports from ESPN have claimed that the Molineux club have met with Diagne’s representatives to discuss a proposed switch – and that in late November further talks were scheduled.
Wolves are keen on adding to their firepower next month to provide competition to Raul Jimenez.
The Mexico striker has started every Premier League match this season and although he has laid on four assists for his teammates, his goal return of four means Wolves are looking to enhance their options upfront.
Diagne, who has hit an incredible 16 goals in just 14 matches this season, could fit the bill.
And speaking about the speculation surrounding his future, the Kasimpasa forward said: “It’s too early to talk. I would love to play for a great club.
“In Europe or Turkey. I would like to play in England, Germany or Spain. We will discuss that later.
“First, I have to continue my great form.”
Diagne has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances since joining Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa from Hungarian outfit Ujpest Dozsa in January.
He was closely linked with with Leeds United over the summer and it is claimed that work permit problems could have been resolved after he applied for an EU passport.
The Senegal international spent this early career in Italy with Brandizzo and Bra before moving to Juventus where he failed to make an impact.
He was sent out on several loans and was successful with Ujpest where he scored 11 goals in his ten games.
Reports in Turkey state that following his rich vein of form in front of goal, Kasimpasa will demand around £17m to sell.