By Danny Mills

22nd Apr, 2020 | 11:59am

Exclusive: 'Big bid' incoming for Wolves player, ex-defender claims

Danny Mills has insisted Wolves will have to increase the wage of Raul Jimenez to keep him beyond this summer.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested a “big bid” will arrive in the summer for the 28-year-old after a “fantastic” campaign.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan told ESPN he “could imagine” the striker playing at the Etihad and even drew comparisons to his former teammate Robert Lewandowski.

Jimenez has enjoyed an immensely successful campaign at Molineux scoring 22 goals and providing 10 assists in his 44 appearances.

The Mexico international may well be targeted by City with Sergio Aguero entering the last year of his contract at the club.

When asked by Football Insider if Gundogan’s comments would influence a potential move, Mills said: “If a manager wants a player and players currently at your club have a relationship with that player, he might ask them to have a word. Tell him how good it is and how he would fit in.

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“Players have no real influence but I would be surprised if nobody came in with a big bid in the transfer window.

“He is fabulous. A fantastic number nine who has scored 20 odd goals.

“He would go into most Premier League sides, without a shadow of a doubt.

But Wolves are doing very well and will be desperate to keep hold of him. If they are prepared to up his wages and he is happy he may well decide he wants to stay and play for a manager and a club that he likes.”

As revealed by Football Insider, Jimenez is not the only forward attracting interest from at Molineux, Traore being lined up as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane at Liverpool.

Nuno Espirito Santo will be desperate to hold onto his attacking trio who have scored 43 goals and provided 26 assists this campaign.

In other Wolves news, Kevin Phillips reveals which player Nuno cannot afford to lose this summer.