Kevin Phillips has claimed Diogo Jota is “good enough to play for Manchester United” after reports linked the in-form Wolves forward with a move to Old Trafford.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested people are finally “sitting up” and taking notice of the 23-year-old after recent displays.

According to the Express, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are set to launch a £50million bid for the winger this summer.

Jota scored a brace on Sunday as Nuno Esperito Santo’s side beat bottom-of-the-table Norwich 3-0 at Molineux.

When asked if the winger was finally getting the recognition he deserved, Phillips told Football Insider: “Believe me, I live in the area and they think very highly of him. The supporters love him.

“I have always thought he is a fantastic player and I see that he is being linked with Manchester United for £50million and I certainly think he is good enough to play for United. I am sure the Wolves fans will not thank me for that but they know they have a special talent on their hands and what he is doing now is chipping in with goals.

“To get a hattrick in the week and then two today – he is a quality player.

“In my eyes, he is recognised within Wolverhampton but with the goals, people are now sitting up and starting to take notice. He is a major cog in the wheel at Wolves.”

The Portugal international also made it back-to-back hattricks in the Europa League in a midweek thrashing of Espanyol – the first player in eight years to achieve that feat.

The former FC Porto player has an impressive record at Molineux – scoring 42 times in 117 appearances.

In other Wolves news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider Newcastle ace would be very welcome at Molineux.