By Danny Wright
Wolves have completed the signing of Leo Bonatini from Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal, according to a reliable journalist.
Freelance journalist Tim Nash, who previously worked for the Express and Star, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday morning that the 23-year-old has moved to Molineux on a season-long loan deal.
Hearing @Wolves have now completed the signing of Al-Hilal striker Leo Bonatini. Believe it's a season-long loan.
— Tim Nash (@TimNash_1) July 31, 2017
The Birmingham Mail has reported that the Brazilian striker completed his medical with Wolves on Sunday, but it now appears that all that remains is an official announcement from the clubs involved in the deal.
Wolves have been in desperate need of a striker ahead of their Championship season opener against promotion-favourites Middlesbrough on Saturday.
However it now appears that they have managed to bolster their attack with the swoop for Bonatini, who arrives from Saudi Professional League title-holders Al Hilal.
The former Brazil youth international, who began his career with Cruzeiro, scored 15 goals in 36 appearances for them across all competitions for Al Hilal last season as they went on to win the league title.
Bonatini has previously played in Portugal with Estoril and has also enjoyed a loan stint with Juventus in the past.
Football Insider Verdict
Wolves will be happy to have finally secured the signing of a striker, but Bonatini will not have anywhere near as much time to settle into life in the West Midlands that some of his new team-mates. Nuno Espirito Santo managed to get the bulk of his business done early, which is always a good move. However it remains to be seen whether or not Bonatini will adapt to English football. He had a decent goal scoring record with Estoril and with Al Hilal last season as they won the league. But neither of them are quite as intense and competitive as the Championship. Life in the second-tier could be a big change for Bonatini, but he will have a very capable set of midfielders behind him.
In other Wolves news, this 23-year-old is poised to leave Molineux for a League One side.