Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a very quiet couple of weeks in the transfer market.
On Saturday, Wolves will begin their Premier League campaign against former champions Leicester City, and fans will surely want to see more new faces soon.
One player that Wolves should make a bid for this summer is Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who was left out of the Cottagers’ recent matchday squad.Embed from Getty Images
According to a report in The Athletic, this is because the Cameroon international is looking to leave.
Until now there have been no concrete links linking him with Wolves. However, the midfielder would be a fine addition to the depleted midfield.
Considering that Real Madrid were linked as recently as last summer, Anguissa may be a smart purchase for Wolves.
Why Anguissa?Embed from Getty Images
Initial impressions of the combative midfielder may not great. This is understandable given his involvement in Fulham’s last two relegations.
However, his experience across Europe has demonstrated that he can operate at a very high level.
During his final season at Olympique de Marseille in 2018, he was a key part in the team that reached the Europa League final.
A year after his ill-fated first season with Fulham, he shone abroad again – this time with Villarreal in Spain. Ranked among the top ten players for number of tackles made during the 2019/20 La Liga season, his contribution was immense.
Furthermore, Anguissa possesses excellent technical ability. He was a key player for Fulham despite their relegation last term. The 90 players that he successfully dribbled past were the highest for any midfielder in the Premier League during the 2020/21 campaign.
Both of these traits would add a lot of dynamism to the Wolves midfield.
What is stopping Wolves from signing him?
First of all, there is the price tag. Fulham paid Marseille £22.3 million to sign the midfielder, as reported by Sky Sports. The Cottagers are unlikely to sell at too much of a loss.
A much cheaper alternative is Okay Yokuslu, who is a similar profile to Anguissa. The Celta Vigo midfielder could be available for as little as £5m.
Secondly, there is the competition. A number of teams have expressed their interest in the Cameroonian, including Everton. Valencia have had a loan bid rejected for him last week.
Finally, Wolves may be concerned that he will be absent for a month due to his likely participation at the African Cup of Nations. With Willy Boly and Romain Saiss already likely to be at the competition, the club may deem this just a risk not worth taking.