By Dominic Toner
Wolves are expected to take up their option to sign attacker Helder Costa on a permanent deal, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Midlands club will pay £13million to sign the 23-year-old permanently after his impressive displays for them while on loan this season.
It is understood that Premier League clubs Southampton, Hull, Sunderland and Crystal Palace have all been monitoring Costa’s situation.
The report details that Wolves will act fast to secure the attacker’s deal amid competition from top-flight clubs and it’s expected to be announced on Wednesday.
Costa completed a season-long loan move to Molineux in the summer from Portuguese giants Benfica.
The left winger spent last season on loan at French club Monaco, but opted to experience his first taste of English football with Wolves.
He has turned out to be a crucial player for the Championship club and has made 28 appearances across all competitions.
Costa has been extremely impressive in front of goal, scoring nine goals and supplying six assists.
Paul Lamert’s side are currently 18th-placed in the league table and 13 points adrift of the play-off places, but are still set to splash out £13m on the attacker.
Football Insider verdict:
Wolves fans will be rightly excited if they can wrap up a permanent deal for Costa, who has been one of their standout performers this season for them. The 23-year-old has proved a nuisance for Championship defences this campaign and has also shown a great eye for goal. His reported interest from Premier League clubs shows that he is a top player and the Midlands club will do well to keep hold of him in the long-term. Lambert’s side are unlikely to mount a late bid for the play-offs this year, but must convince Costa to stay next season as he could help the club challenge at the top-end of the table.
In other Wolves transfer news, the club are in a five-team tussle to sign a prolific striker.