Wu Lei to Wolves: are Premier League new boys planning a move for record-breaking Chinese goalscorer?
Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers are reported to be planning a shock move for free-scoring Shanghai SIPG striker Wu Lei, according to reports in the UK.
Earlier this week, Wu broke the Chinese domestic goalscoring record when he bagged his 88th goal in China’s top flight.
No fee has been mentioned yet, but the deadline for Premier League transfers falls earlier this season, on August 9.
At 26 years old, the right winger, who has bagged 15 times in 25 appearances this term, was tipped to fall on the radar of clubs in Europe at some point, though perhaps not this season.
We have to applause our player Wu Lei – now with most goals (88) of a Chinese player in the domestic league ever. And still only 26 years old… #SIPG pic.twitter.com/AEF5v9v2OO
— Mads Davidsen (@MadsRDavidsen) July 29, 2018
Wolves are owned by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, which could explain the West Midlands club’s sudden interest. Attracting arguably China’s top player would boost the profile of Wolves in the far east considerably in their first year back in the Premier League.
Wu has previously revealed that he received offers from European clubs before but rejected moves saying he wanted to remain in China for the time being.
“I receive offers from European clubs all the time, but the timing has not been right,” he said last year.
“Also, my focus right now is on helping my club to win titles in the domestic league and in the AFC Champions League. Maybe after that, I’ll think about playing in Europe.”
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Wolves fans shouldn’t write off Wu Lei, if the rumours about him are true – many big-name forwards have tried and failed in China, but he has an incredible record and goals/game ratio. And, I dare bet, very few defenders and managers would have a clue how to stop him initially.
— Ryan Plant (@ryanplant1998) July 30, 2018
Wolves are thought to be in the market for fresh striking options following their impressive promotion campaign in the Championship last season.
Manager Nuno Esprito Santo is reported by local media to be looking to boost his attacking options ahead of a tough season back at England’s top table.
One-club man Wu has scored a total of 155 goals in 328 appearances for Shanghai SIPG. He has also made 52 appearances for the China national team scoring 11 goals.
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