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Should Wolves be looking at Andrea Belotti?

Wolverhampton Wanderers currently only have two out-and-out centre-forwards.

Raul Jimenez is now back in the picture at Molineux after his awful head injury last season, and the Mexican is now looking close to his old self again.

Undoubtedly, he is one of the best players at Molineux.

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Then there is Fabio Silva, who signed for the club last year for a reported £35.6 million.

That was a huge fee to pay for someone who is obviously still extremely raw.

It’s been difficult for him since coming to England, and the hope is that he will eventually come good.

It is possible he may well need a loan move next season.

Arguably, Wolves will soon be needing to add another central striker.

It’s definitely difficult to see one of Leo Bonatini or Patrick Cutrone being brought back into the fold.

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Perhaps one man Wolves ought to be looking at next year is the Italian striker Andrea Belotti.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the star is prepared to leave his club Torino as a free agent in 2022.

He has been there since the summer of 2015, and clocked up 233 appearances to date.

He has scored 106 goals and made 27 assists – a very respectable return for a side that does not challenge for Europe.

Belotti, who captains the side, is also in the Italy national team and was a part of the Euro 2020-winning squad. He made six appearances at the competition.

With Jimenez turning 31 at the end of the season and Silva clearly nowhere near the finished article, Belotti might be someone Fosun should be looking at.

Interestingly, he has already made a real impression on one Wolves player.

Coady raved about Belotti last year

Wolves faced Torino the in Europa League in the 2019/20 season.

The team were able to beat the Italian outfit 2-1 and then 2-3 to secure safe passage to the competition’s group stage.

Conor Coady came up against Belotti twice, and the burly 27-year-old gave him a game.

Speaking about the meeting on Graham Hunter’s podcast last November, Coady said: “Belotti was a top, top player. You know the striker? Top player. He scored the penalty and then he scored at Molineux when we played them in the second leg.

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“Real, real handful. Strong. Great in the air, could finish, one and two-touch – he gave me some sort of experience on ‘this is going to be tough this year’.

Belotti actually scored in both games against Wolves.

He is clearly a very good, physical striker with an eye for goal, and Wolves could surely do worse than to make some early enquiries.