By Kevin Phillips

11th Feb, 2020 | 4:00pm

'There have been rumours' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips makes 'Big' Wolves transfer claim

Wolves face a major battle to keep “phenomenal” striker Raul Jimenez and their leading stars as well as Nuno Espirito Santo.

That is according to ex-England international and Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the envious glances of ‘big’ clubs in the direction of Molineux.

Jimenez is Wolves’ top scorer with 20 goals from 38 matches this season and has emerged as good value for the club-record £30million spent on him last year.

Phillips is in no doubt that the prolific Mexico international won’t be the only leading light at the club on the radar of top clubs.

“I think he is fantastic,” Phillips told Football Insider about Jimenez. “He has got everything and one of his biggest assets is his work rate – phenomenal.

“The big thing for Wolves at the end of the season is keeping hold of their top players and there have been rumours of the manager [Nuno] as well as he is linked with big clubs. He has done an amazing job.

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“It would not surprise me if there are big clubs sniffing around Jimenez and two or three Wolves players at the end of the season.”

Jimenez, 28, has established himself as a firm favourite at Molineux since arriving from Benfica on an initial loan spell that was subsequently made permanent last April.

He has banged in 37 goals in 82 appearances in all competitions for Wolves since first joining in 2018, as well as providing 17 assists for his teammates.

In other Wolves news, ‘West Brom fans won’t thank me for saying this’ – Phillips makes big Wanderers transfer claim.