By Wayne Veysey

9th Dec, 2020 | 6:00pm

Wolves Exclusive: Nuno offered free agent goal machine to replace Jimenez

Wolves have been offered the chance to sign free agent Hulk as a replacement for Raul Jimenez, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Brazilian star, 34, is available for nothing after officially leaving Shanghai SIPG earlier this week.

A Wolves source has told Football Insider that Nuno has been told that Hulk would be interested in a move to the Premier League now his four-year spell in China has ended.

But the deal would still come at a cost, as the 48-times Brazil international has high salary expectations.

Wolves are set to be in the market for a striker in January after Jimenez underwent an operation for a fractured skull following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz.

He has been discharged from hospital and is recovering at home but is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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Hulk has an impressive track record at the highest level but has never played in the Premier League or one of Europe’s leading five leagues.

He cost Shanghai £50million when he joined from Zenit St Petersburg in 2016 and scored 76 goals and supplied 54 assists from his 145 matches in China.

Hulk had similarly impressive records during his four years at Zenit and, before that, four years at Porto.

The forward revealed he had been approached by a host of clubs from the biggest leagues in Europe ahead of a free January move.

Hulk claimed: “I am listening to many proposals from Brazil and many places including in Europe.

“[I have offers from] Turkey, Portugal, England, Spain, Italy, Germany – and I also have an offer from China. Every day more new proposals arrive.”

In other news, a striker heads to EFL promotion hopefuls after six-year spell at Wolves ends.