Danny Mills has claimed Wolves’ interest in Carlos Vinicius means there are serious doubts over Raul Jimenez’s return.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League defender insisted Wolves need to add competition for places next season after their disappointing campaign in front of goal.

As revealed by Football Insider, Wolves are “confident” of signing Tottenham loan star Vinicius this summer and have discussed a potential swap deal with his parent club Benfica that could see Ruben Vinagre go the other way.

It comes amid fears of how Jimenez will return from a devastating skull fracture he suffered at the end of November.

Football Insider revealed in March that those behind-the-scenes at Wolves it could take 18 months for the 29-year-old to get back to his best.

Sky Sports report he will see a specialist later this month to determine a date he can return to action.

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Asked whether Vinicius would be a good signing for Wolves, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “He needs an opportunity more than anything else.

“They’ve got Fabio Silva in who’s a young player, he’s one for the future and a little bit raw.

“We’re still not quite sure what’s going to happen with Jimenez. Obviously, we all want him to come back to his best but you never quite know how that’s going to happen and how that’s going to work out.

“So there’s always a doubt in that. They’ll be looking for strength in depth and competition for places.”

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Vinicius has 10 goals and three assists for Spurs in 22 appearances across all competitions this term.

However, he has started just three Premier League games.

In other news, Wolves have been tipped to sign a Liverpool star with a brilliant left foot.