By Danny Wright
Wolves have confirmed that Leo Bonatini has completed his move to Molineux on loan from Saudi Arabia champions Al Hilal.
The Championship side announced on their official Twitter account on Tuesday morning that the 23-year-old forward had agreed terms to a season-long stay in the West Midlands.
— Wolves (@Wolves) August 1, 2017
Bonatini’s arrival cures Nuno Espirito Santo’s problem in the attacking area ahead of their season opener against Middlesbrough at Molineux on Saturday.
Wolves have made a whole host of new signings this summer, but were yet to bolster their front line prior to Bonatini’s arrival from Al Hilal.
Nouha Dicko, Bright Enobakhare and Joe Mason were the only other strikers on the books at the Wanderers, but they are nowhere near up to the standard as some of the players that have been brought in this summer by Nuno.
Former Brazil youth international Bonatini was in good form for Al Hilal last season as his goals helped them win the Saudi Arabian league title, scoring 15 goals in 36 appearances for across all competitions.
Express and Star correspondent Tim Spiers reported on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Wolves have the option to make Bonatini’s deal permanent.
Football Insider Verdict
Wolves needed a striker ahead of next season and it now appears that they have managed to do that. It still remains to be seen whether Nuno wants to further improve his side’s strike force with a month left to go in the transfer window. None of his current strikers are known to be prolific in the Championship, which means that he may have to look for someone who knows how to find the back of the net. Burnley’s Andre Gray is one name that has been linked with Wolves, but it’s hard to see how they could persuade a regular Premier League player to move down a league to the Championship.
In other Wolves news, a BBC journalist has offered an update of the club’s reported pursuit of Andre Gray.