Wolves manager Dean Saunders today declared the signing of Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss as “just the start” after sealing his first major deal for the club.
The 6ft 3ins Latvia national captain, 31, has agreed a 93-day loan with a view to signing permanently in the summer.
An undisclosed fee has been agreed for the left-sided former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers stopper, who had 17 months left on his contract.
Wolves saw off late competition from Blackburn for Gorkss’ signature, with doubts over whether owners Venky’s would back boss Michael Appleton for the capture of what would have been cover for Scott Dann and Grant Hanley, whereas he has more chance of a regular place at Molineux.
Gorkss arrives with an impressive pedigree at this level after winning the Championship in the last two seasons with QPR then Reading, playing 41 and 42 League games respectively in each of both clubs’ successful promotions.
And Saunders believes he will soon add more signings in the loan window before it shuts in March 28, with a left back and a striker also among his targets.
Saunders said: “This is a start for me of what I’m trying to build here.
“He’s a good age for a central defender and I think he can help take us where we want to go.
“He’s strong, brave and no-nonsense and will put head in which is what we need.
“He also has a good character and is a winner.”
An uncompromising, ball-winning centre-back in the mould of Jody Craddock, he is seen as major competition for Christophe Berra, who is set to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Gorkss, who boasts around 50 caps, is also vocal and is seen as a genuine on-field leader.
This term Gorkss has made 13 full Premier League appearances, plus three more in the Capital One Cup, but none since December 17.
Gorkss moved to England with Blackpool in January 2007 from Ventspils, where he won the Latvian top flight after spells there with FC Auda then three years in Sweden with Osters and Assyriska Foreningen.
He was also a promotion winner via the League One play-offs with the Tangerines in 2006-07, playing 50 League games for Blackpool before a £250,000 switch in 2008 to QPR, where he played 114 league games in three years before adding a further 55 at Reading.
Reading have a 24-hour recall clause after the first 28 days.