Wolves only have three senior central midfield options going into the January transfer window and Bruno Lage could look to improve that area next month.

With just days before the winter window opens, we’ve had a look at three players who could well be Wolves’ top central midfield targets…

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Renato Sanches

Sanches was reportedly the midfielder Wolves came far closer to signing than any other in the summer.

The main concern at that time was his injury, which he actually ended up recovering from more quickly than expected.

So perhaps Wolves regret not getting that deal over the line and could go back in during January.

There is an arrangement between Sanches and Lille that he can leave next month if a suitable offer comes in. It is down to Wolves to make it.

Sanches’ dynamism and eye for goal would add a completely new dimension to their central midfield options.

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Joao Palhinha

Sporting’s Palhinha is perhaps only affordable if Wolves sell a big name but he has been a long term target and has a lot of quality.

He would be more of a physical anchorman, which is also something Wolves lack in truth, and has international and Champions League experience like Sanches.

The rumours have gone a little quiet but if Sporting are willing to listen to offers, Wolves should be right in there fighting to add him to their Portuguese contingent.

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John Swift

Some fans may scoff at the inclusion of a Championship midfielder alongside two internationals on this list.

Others may moan that it would be typical of Wolves’ recent business if they opted for the Reading midfielder whose contract is up in the summer ahead of Palhinha and Sanches.

But Championship stars such as Ollie Watkins and Jarrod Bowen have made the jump in recent seasons and there is value to be found in the second tier.

Swift is a creative midfielder with a real eye for goal who would be hungry to get a crack of the whip in the Premier League and represents a plausible, affordable option to add depth and quality.

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