Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui reportedly called defender Felipe to try and convince him to make a move to Molineux.

According to UOL Esporte, the Wanderers boss is taking an active role in trying to bring a new central defender to the club.

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Wolves were first linked with Felipe at the start of December.

It was thought at first that he would be coming in alongside Matheus Cunha.

But negotiations seemed to stall, and there were then no reports about Felipe for a few weeks.

But he’s still a target for Wolves, who are now back in talks for him, as is Craig Dawson from West Ham United. Some have suggested the Englishman is the priority for Wolves.

Lopetegui, though, has apparently been in contact with Atleti star Felipe himself.

The South American – who has two caps for Brazil – also has interest from MLS club Inter Miami according to UOL.

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If Wolves are able to bring in a new central defender, then it’s likely Yerson Mosquera would then be allowed to leave on loan.

He is the only first-team Wolves player who has not played a single minute this season (not counting Chiquinho who came into the season injured).

Julen Lopetegui influence might prove pivotal in Felipe pursuit by Wolves, as he reportedly calls defender

If this is true, then it’s clear Lopetegui is having a really big involvement in the signing of players at Wolves.

Seemingly, the South American is someone he really feels can have a big impact on his squad.

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So he’s doing what he can to try and seal the deal.

Hopefully the fact that Cunha has already signed, and that there are many Portuguese speakers at the club, will help to lure him.

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