Wolverhampton Wanderers have finally confirmed the signing of winger Daniel Podence.
The Black Country club made an official announcement of the deal on Thursday, with BBC Sport reporting he has joined for around £17 million on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Podence is the club’s first senior signing the club have made this January, after youngster Enzo Loiodice was brought in on loan from French side Dijon.
The 24-year-old, who hails from Portugal, could be in line to make his debut against Manchester United, who should have a new Portuguese player of their own on show in Bruno Fernandes.
Having been playing his football over in Greece, many Wolves fans won’t know too much about Podence, but European football expert Guillem Balague has given his opinion of the player for supporters to digest.
In a transfer Q&A with BBC Sport (17:35), he said: “Podence is another step in the right direction. He is a winger who can play in both sides, or as number 10. He is direct, skillful, and has a strong personality.
“He is a Wolves player – I think you can call certain players that, which means the club now has an identifiable personality.”
TBR’s view – Lively Podence’s just what Wolves need
Balague’s evaluation should please Wolves supporters.
Podence has spent most of his time playing on the right-wing so far this season, but with Adama Traore in such great form, a run on the left is probably more likely for the new signing.
According to Transfermarkt, he’s operated on the left nine times in 2019/20, so perhaps he’ll be in competition with fellow countryman Diogo Jota, who has quite hit the same heights he did last season.
It’ll be good for Nuno Espirito Santo to have a bit of fresh impetus, with Europa League football to resume soon.