Reports this week from Sky Sports claim Portuguese defender Jose Fonte is set for a return to the Premier League after having his contract torn up by his Chinese club Dalian Yifang,
Wolves should target the signing of the former Southampton and West Ham centre-half to bolster their defense with Premier League experience and add to the sizable Portuguese contingent at Molineux.
Fonte is coming off an excellent World Cup campaign where he started all four matches for Portugal, partnering Pepe in the centre of defence. The centre-back was also a key member of the team that won Euro 2016, beating world champions France in the final.
An impressive international pedigree is not all the defender boasts, however. Fonte also has a wealth of top-flight experience, most notably captaining Southampton during their recent Premier League successes.
Although his most recent spell in the top flight with West Ham United ended poorly, Fonte’s time at the London Stadium was marred by injury problems.
At 34 years of age, the Portuguese international is an elder statesmen who is composed and extremely experienced, possessing the ability to read the game well and also pass on his knowledge to Wolves’ younger defenders.
Fonte would be available on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract in China, and it would be a steal to acquire the services of the defender for no transfer fee.
As Fonte showed in Russia, he is still capable of performing on the highest stage against the worlds best players, and could bring back his skills to the Premier League.
Wolves should snap up the Portuguese international on a free transfer and supplement their defence with a wise, battle-hardened centre-half.