Wolves have reportedly made an offer to sign Italian striker Graziano Pelle.

The star, now 35, has just become a free agent having ran down his contract at Shandong Luneng, and is on the lookout for a new club.

Shandong Luneng v Shenzhen F.C. - 2019 Chinese Super League
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Pelle had been with the Chinese Super League side since leaving Southampton in the summer of 2016 for a reported fee of £12 million.

He scored 30 goals in 80 games in all competitions for the Saints, and for Shandong he bagged 63 in 132.

Calciomercato are reporting that Pelle now has offers from both Wolves and West Ham United to return to the Premier League.

Shandong Luneng v Shenzhen F.C. - 2019 Chinese Super League
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Wolves, of course, are being linked with a whole host of strikers at the moment with Raul Jimenez recovering from a fractured skull.

The club have had real trouble scoring goals this season, and the Mexican’s absence is definitely stinging.

 

Young Fabio Silva is looking promising, but it’s a big job for him to lead the line given how inexperienced he is.

Pelle would be a big gamble

Links to Pelle will likely not go down too well.

Southampton v Liverpool - Premier League
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The standard of the Chinese Super League is much lower than the Premier League and one wonders if a 35-year-old Pelle would still be able to do a job.

He has never relied on pace, but coming back to the English top-flight would see him come against much better defenders than he’s grown accustomed to facing.

He did once receive big praise from Antonio Conte, who said he was becoming ‘a star in the Premier League’ before handing him his debut for the Italian national team (via Sports Mole).

But that was some time ago now and surely there are better short-term options out there for Wolves.

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