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Wolves hope for Porto double swoop

Wolves are targeting Porto defender Willy Boly – as talks to sign his £15m-rated team mate Ruben Neves continue.

Porto defender Willy Boly (centre). Picture from www.uefa.com
Porto defender Willy Boly (centre). Picture from www.uefa.com

Bolo could become the fifth defender to move to Molineux in the space of five weeks, after the captures of Roderick Miranda, Ryan Bennett, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh and Barry Douglas.

The quartet all joined on permanent deals but it's believed a loan move is the most likely option for 26-year-old Boly, a fomer French youth international who was managed by Nuno Espirito Santo last season.

Boly joined Porto last summer from fellow Portuguese side Braga, after starting his career in Auxerre in France where he made 97 league appearances.

The arrival of the 6ft 3in defender would throw into doubt the futures of captain Danny Batth and England Under-21 international Kortney Hause.

If Boly joined Nuno would have six centre halves to choose from, not including Dominic Iorfa, although Ethan Ebanks-Landell is expected to switch to Championship rivals Sheffield United.

Meanwhile it's believed Wolves have yet to agree personal terms with Portuguese wonderkid Neves.

A fee of £15m has been finalised between the two clubs but as of Monday evening the deal was far from complete.

If Neves joins it would take Fosun's spending on transfer fees since buying Wolves last summer to an estimated £47m.

The 20-year-old is expected in England either today or tomorrow co undergo a medical and complete the deal – should talks progress.

Rumours that ex-striker Benik Afobe could be about to rejoin the club from Bournemouth are, however, understood to be wide of the mark.

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