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Wolves transfer news: Diego Costa '50-50' to join Wolves on free transfer amid work permit issues

Diego Costa is reportedly ’50-50′ at the moment to join Wolves, with work permit issues threatening to scupper the move.

That is according to Express & Star journalist Liam Keen, who has offered some more information on the situation tonight.

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Wolves fans are anxiously awaiting news on whether Costa will be given the go ahead to sign for Wanderers.

Earlier today it was reported that the Spain international hadn’t qualified for a work permit.

The reason for this, according to Keen in a piece for the Express & Star, is that Costa hasn’t played for his country since 2018, and he left his last club Atletico Mineiro in January.

In the post-Brexit points system, players are judged on their representation at international level and the quality of the league they last played in at club level.

Costa needs 15 points to automatically qualify for a permit. He is thought to be in the 10-14 range.

Given he is close to 15, Wolves are able to appeal. And the club hope Costa will be granted a permit after review by a three-person panel.

On Twitter, Keen added: “Justin Kluivert’s move to Fulham from Roma fell through due to work permit issues – a perfect example that is (in some ways) similar to Costa. I’m told it’s very much 50/50 at the moment for Costa and Wolves.

Wolves are flying Costa to England tonight, and he will supposedly have a medical tomorrow.

The appeal is happening simultaneously.

Wolves need to win appeal and sign Diego Costa, following news of work permit issues

So it looks as though it could really go either way at this stage.

Perhaps something to cling to is the idea that Wolves are flying the player in and intend to get him to do a medical. Surely that means they feel there’s a reasonable chance of a permit being obtained.

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The fact Costa has already had a successful spell in English football may be looked upon favourably.

But there’s obviously a fair chance this could now amount to nothing, which would be massively frustrating.

Arguably, Costa is one of the best players that’s actually available to replace the injured Kalajdzic. He is certainly the most high profile.