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Wolves should be looking to land Houssem Aouar before transfer deadline

It took Wolves some time to get going in the transfer market this summer, but the balling is now rolling at Molineux.

Wanderers brought in Goncalo Guedes at the start of the week, a deal that has been welcomed by many supporters.

The hope is that the former Valencia man will be able to give Wolves more of a cutting edge in the final third.

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And before his arrival, Wolves signed Nathan Collins.

Collins will be a staple in defence this season alongside Maximilian Kilman, with Bruno Lage having ditched the back three that was so synonymous with Wolves.

It’s two in so far, and it is thought Wolves will look to bring in one out-and-out striker and a midfielder in the coming weeks.

A new midfielder is really needed at Molineux.

Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker have all be great over the past few years.

But there needs to be a bit more depth.

Creativity from midfield has tended to be a bit of an issue in the past.

Neves has an incredible passing range and vision. But he plays deep, meaning he doesn’t actually create too many goalscoring chances, or score that many goals himself.

Wolves need a central midfielder, who can be effective going from box-to-box, and there’s a player in France who perhaps fits the bill.

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Houssem Aouar of Lyon is reported to be the radars of Nottingham Forest and Leicester City, with the former having already seen one bid rejected (L’Equipe).

It just feels as though Wolves should be joining the hunt.

He’s got 40 goals and 35 assists in 215 appearances for the club.

He is extremely versatile, and can actually play out wide as well as in the middle.

Looking at data from fbref.com, it is clear Aouar is a very talented player on the ball, being in the 99th percentile for average pass completion per 90 last season (86.7%) (out of players in the top five leagues). He was also in the 74th percentile for progressive carries (7.19 per 90).

A few weeks ago, L’Equipe reported that Aouar was keen to make a move to the Premier League this summer.

Foot Mercato reported in May that Aouar was valued at just £13 million by Lyon, which surely makes him an absolute bargain.

Wolves should look into signing Houssem Aouar – he makes things happen

A couple of years back, Aouar was being touted as a potential big-money incoming to the Premier League.

He was really catching the eye both domestically and in Europe. After Lyon met Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 in 2018, Pep Guardiola said of him: “Houssem Aouar is a very good player. He is incredible.

“We talk a lot about (Tanguy) Ndombele, but Aouar is also excellent. He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.”

The star has declined slightly in recent times. But it’s thought this has been a result of sometimes being forced to play deeper. Other talented options have also emerged at Lyon of late, like Maxence Caqueret and Lucas Paqueta.

For whatever reason he is still with Lyon, but it feels as though he could depart in this window and seek pastures new. Perhaps it’s what he needs.

Interest from English clubs is strong once again, and Wolves should be a part of the conversation.

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The one-cap France international is someone who can make things happen from advanced midfield positions.

Wolves have not really had an out-and-out attacking midfielder since being back in the Premier League.

Aouar should definitely be considered if the price is still £13 million, especially if Morgan Gibbs-White leaves the club amid strong interest from Forest.