Wolverhampton Wanderers are closing in on the signing of Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven. Sky Sports report that they are favourites to sign the Dutch striker in a deal worth £10 million. Brighton and Sunderland are also interested in the 23-year-old, but Wolves should get the transfer over the line. He has played for the Eredivisie club since 2011 and has totalled 115 appearances during that time, scoring 37 league goals.
The Dutch international has played in the Champions League for PSV and this would be considered a coup for Wolves if they do sign him. They have shown an impressive ability to punch above their weight in the transfer market and this would be another example of that. Supporters were hoping that the club would sign a striker before deadline day and Locadia is looking like he could be the one that arrives.
Would he be a good signing?
For those that haven’t seen Locadia play, he is a strong attacker with the ability to cause problems when he dribbles at defenders. He is quick and dynamic, which will make him an interesting player to watch in the Championship. During his time in the Eredivisie, his power has allowed him to dominate defenders, but he will need time to adjust to English football. It is a different style and players arriving from the Eredivisie haven’t always been a huge success.
Locadia is versatile and capable of playing on the wing as well as a central striker. This is where most of his minutes have come at PSV, but he has recently emerged as their first-choice striker, which is why it would be a disappointment to lose him. Last season, he contributed 13 goals and five assists. His decision-making needs to improve at times, as his end product lacks consistency, but he is a talent. It could be a wise decision to move to the Championship. He remains a raw talent and would benefit from a year in the English second tier before trying to do well in the Premier League. This would be another ambitious signing from Wolves.
How likely is a deal?
Wolves are in the market for an attacker and they have shown they can pull off big deals. They look to be a force to be reckoned with in the Championship and Locadia would be a coup for them, given his Champions League experience. There could be a chance that they are beaten to his signature with Brighton sniffing around, but it looks likely that this one goes through.