By Danny Wright
Wolves are prepared to make Andreas Weimann’s move to Molineux a permanent one in the summer, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Paul Lambert is keen on signing the attacker from Championship rivals Derby after impressing during a loan spell.
There is an option-to-buy clause in Weimann’s contract and it would cost Wolves £1.5million to turn him into a permanent feature at the club.
The 25-year-old moved on loan to the Black Country club in January after struggling to hold down a regular first-team place at Derby.
Although the Rams are now under new leadership since Gary Rowett took charge last month, he will be powerless to deflect any bid from Wolves due to his loan contract.
Weimann has made 19 appearances in all competitions since moving to Wolves, scoring three goals and supplying two assists.
He scored Wolves’ crucial second goal as they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup in January in what was only his second appearance for the club.
The 14-times Austria international joined Derby in 2015 after a five-year spell at Aston Villa, where he worked alongside Lambert, and made 129 appearances (113 in the Premier League), finding the net 24 times.
He made 46 appearances for the Derby but only managed four goals.
Football Insider Verdict
Weimann has never been a reliable source of goals for an attacker but he is a hard worker and can really threaten defences when he’s playing at his best. Wolves are likely to spend a lot of money again in the summer to try and push themselves closer to the Championship’s play-off places, which means that the Austrian attacker could find himself being a squad player at yet another Midlands club. However £1.5million for a player with great experience of top-level English football is a decent deal and he could certainly prove himself to be an impact player next season for Lambert.