By Wayne Veysey

24th Apr, 2018 | 9:41am

Wolves in hot pursuit of £85,000-a-wk Man City outcast, green light given to pay wages - report

By Richard Parks

Wolves are in hot pursuit of Manchester City outcast defender Eliaquim Mangala, according to a report.

The Sun claim the newly-promoted Championship leaders are keen to sign the centre-back, 27, to boost their survival hopes in the Premier League next season.

It is said that Wolves are willing to pay Mangala’s £85,000-a-week wages, although they will also have to pay a significant signing-on fee to win the race for the defender.

The Sun report that the City player is in demand and has already held talks with other clubs, including in the Premier League and overseas, about a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

Mangala has spent the second half of the season on loan at Everton but has spent most of that time on the sidelines with a knee injury.

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Football Insider verdict:

Forget the knee injury (the word is Mangala will be fully fit for the start of next season), his place in the City pecking order and a few scratchy matches during the start of an Everton loan that hasn’t worked out. The defender would be a brilliant signing for Wolves. Mobile, tough, commanding and with great recovery pace, the 27-year-old still has his best years ahead of him and can be a real force in the Premier League. He would also be a massive upgrade on the current centre-backs on the Wolves roster. He might not have cut it at City, but he has had some superb matches for the champions among the dodgy one. At Wolves, he would play every game and could be the elite defensive leader the team will need in the coming years.

In other Wolves news, the club have made an approach to sign a Celtic first teamer as they pounce on his contract uncertainty.

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