By Wayne Veysey

20th Jun, 2022 | 3:36pm

Sources: Wolves work on beating Rangers to buy-to-loan Lepinjica deal

Wolves are working on a deal to sign Croatian sensation Ivan Lepinjica, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Rijeka central midfielder, 22, is a hugely regarded talent in his homeland and has been the captain of Croatia Under-21s.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Wolves talent-spotters regularly watched Lepinjica in action in the 2021-22 season.

They have delivered rave reviews on his performances and the club’s recruitment team are now looking to sign him in this window.

Rangers have also been tracking Lepinjica after first considering a move for him in the summer of 2021.

But Wolves are planning to strike a deal this summer and that could blow the Glasgow giants out of the water.

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There is believed to be a strong possibility that Lepinjica could be signed and then loaned out to another club, rather than back to Croatian outfit Rijeka.

Lepinjica, who is a 6ft 3in defensive midfielder, would have been expected to have made the Croatia squad for last summer’s Euro 2020 had he not missed a big chunk of the 2020-21 campaign due to injury.

Lepinjica has been on the radar of many Premier League clubs, but they have previously been put off by his injury issues.

He accumulated just 533 minutes of playing time for Croatian top-tier side Rejika in 2020-21, before making 31 appearances in all competitions in 2021-22.

That included only eight league starts as he struggled to deal with the physical problems that have held him back.

However, the strapping midfielder ended the season strongly, with a string of starts at the end of the campaign.

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