Wolverhampton Wanderers have just 16 days to identify a centre-half with experience, and then sign him.

Of course, the transfer window is open until 11pm on August 31.

But there are three Premier League games to play for Wolves before it closes. Ideally, Fosun will bring someone in and have the option of playing him in those games.

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To start with it’s Leicester City on August 14, followed by Tottenham Hotspur (22/8) and then Manchester United (29/8).

Undoubtedly it’s a difficult start, against three sides that have plenty of attacking quality.

At the moment, Willy Boly is nursing a hamstring injury.

Wolves haven’t provided any updates about his condition.

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But history tells us the Ivorian tends to miss weeks at a time, rather than days, when he gets injured.

Even if he does return in time for the Leicester game, he might well be lacking match fitness and sharpness.

The other options available to Bruno Lage are Conor Coady, Romain Saiss, Max Kilman and Yerson Mosquera.

Mosquera has made a fine start, but it’s highly unlikely the youngster would be considered to start games so early.

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Coady is probably likely to play, but there are still a few question marks about his capabilities playing in a back four.

Romain Saiss, a holding midfielder by trade, is on the decline now and Kilman lacks experience.

So there really is a pressing need for a new central defender.

It is remarkable to think that the last time Wolves signed a central defender with experience was 2017.

That was Boly on loan from FC Porto, with the club then turning the move permanent in 2018 Molineux.

Mosquera has come in this summer, but he is only 20 and needs a settling in period. It could be a while until he starts challenging for a starting berth.

It is fully time for Wolves to get someone in in the next two weeks.

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Burnley’s James Tarkowski would certainly be a fantastic addition, as would Issa Diop.

The transfer market this summer is complicated, but Fosun must do their utmost to land a new defender – or risk putting Lage under pressure right from the off.

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