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3 players Wolves scouts might have been watching in Pacos de Ferreira vs Tondela

Wolves scouts were reportedly in attendance for the recent Portuguese top-flight match between Pacos de Ferreira and Tondela.

According to A Bola, representatives of as many as nine clubs were present for the contest at Estádio da Mata Real.

The game finished 1-1, with a point helping both sides move up one place in the table; Pacos up to 7th and Tondela up to 16th.

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Tondela were moments away from taking all three points which would have been huge for their survival hopes. They had taken the lead through Salvador Agra.

But Pacos hit back in injury-time, with substitute Lucas Silva following in a cross at the far post.

Quite possibly, there will be reports in due course about who all the scouts had gone to watch.

Here are a few players that might have been of interest to those from Wolves.

Neto Borges (Left-back/Left wing-back, Tondela)

Neto Borges might well have been of interest to Wolves scouts, having been one of Tondela’s best players this season.

The club have struggled defensively, and have shipped the most league goals of any team in the competition so far.

But Borges has personally enjoyed a productive campaign, and has featured as both a left-back and left wing-back this term.

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Lage wants players who are versatile, ahead of a potential switch to a back four next season.

Borges being capable of playing as a left-back or left wing-back may well make him a decent addition.

Wolves look set to lose Fernando Marcal this summer when his contract expires. But perhaps his fellow Brazilian Borges, who has five assists this term, would make a worthy replacement.

He is actually on loan at Tondela from Belgian side Genk. So Wolves might have to battle Tondela for the 25-year-old.

Against Pacos, he actually started on the bench, coming on for the last half an hour.

Denilson – (Striker, Pacos de Ferreira)

Denilson has a decent return of nine goals in 30 appearances so far this season.

The Brazilian actually only joined Pacos ahead of the current season from Atletico Mineiro, whom he only made a handful of appearances for having had a few loan spells away.

Lage has spoken about bringing in a new striker this summer, and preferably someone who is good in the air and able to link play.

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Denilson stands at 6ft 1in tall, and has an aerial duels per 90 stat of 1.8 (WhoScored). That is only slightly worse than Raul Jimenez’s 1.9, but much better than Fabio Silva’s 0.4.

Arguably, Wolves need someone between the ages of Silva and Jimenez, so Denilson being 26 is ideal. He’s experienced, but still has a few years before he enters his peak years.

Against Tondela, he started in the bench but came on at half-time.

Nuno Santos (Centre midfielder – Pacos de Ferreira)

There is a very good chance Wolves will sign a central midfielder this summer.

It has been far too long since the club last did, and all of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker have been linked with exits from Molineux at various points in 2022.

Santos is an attack-minded central midfielder, and could well have been the subject of interest from Wolves scouts.

He has five goals to his name this term, and in the game against Pacos he made an impression, having a couple of efforts of goal and executing a couple of key passes.

The 23-year-old is a Portugal U21 international, and is currently on loan at Pacos from Lage’s former club Benfica.

According to WhoScored, his pass success rate this season is 83%, which is the same as Ruben Neves in the Premier League.

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