Wolverhampton Wanderers went through the summer transfer window without signing an experienced central defender.

Now, a report from France claims that they tried to sign former Bayern Munich centre half Jerome Boateng.

Boateng was a free agent during the summer before joining Lyon, but L’Equipe claim Wolves made an offer before he made that move.

He was apparently bound for Sevilla, but the Spanish outfit didn’t need him in the end as they didn’t sell Jules Kounde.

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When that move collapsed, he headed to France, turning down an offer from Molineux described in the report as ‘lucrative’.

Boateng has great pedigree; he won the 2014 World Cup with Germany and the 2013 and 2020 Champions League with Bayern.

At 33, his best days are behind him but he’s a high-class defender and Wolves apparently felt he could still do a job in the Premier League.

Would Boateng really have fitted into Wolves’ wage structure? Perhaps, given he ended up going to Ligue 1, where finances are weak after the collapse of their television deal.