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Wolves transfer news: Lopetegui eyeing move for Australia star Harry Souttar

Julen Lopetegui reportedly has eye his eye on Australia defender Harry Souttar.

TEAMtalk have claimed the Stoke City star is a player of interest for the new Wolves manager.

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Souttar caught the eye recently at the World Cup for his country.

He played every minute of every game in Qatar, and was praised for his solidity at the back and aerial dominance.

Souttar’s displays were all the more impressive because he had not long been back after a serious knee injury.

He was a player that was on the radars of a few clubs before that injury. Wolves actually being one.

But now his stock is high after his exploits in Qatar, and Stoke will be doing well to keep hold of him.

TEAMtalk say the Potters are bracing for offers, and won’t be able to resist selling if one is high enough.

But Wolves will not have it easy to sign Souttar. That’s because West Ham United are also showing interest in the 24-year-old.

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Currently, there is uncertainty over the futures of Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna. The former was recently linked with a move to Wolves again, after the club tried to sign him on deadline day in the summer.

There is no word on how much Stoke would accept for Souttar.

But the player has a contract with the Potters until 2025, putting the club in a healthy position.

Harry Souttar would be a great signing for Wolves, although he lacks top-level experience

Souttar was very impressive at the World Cup.

His crunching tackle on Tunisia’s Taha Yassine Khenissi in the 85th minute went down particularly well with fans on social media.

He is a really commanding presence at the back, and being 6ft 6in he is obviously very good in the air, and in both boxes too. For Australia, he’s actually scored six goals in 14 caps.

Socceroos legend Milan Ivanovic said of him (via Sydney Morning Herald): “He has been unbelievable really. Regarding Harry, what can you say? Obviously, his presence, what it means for the team, is very strong. When you see someone that big, sometimes you think ‘well he’s good in the air but maybe not so much on the ground’. But he is a cultured player, he is intelligent, he reads the game very well and that gives him that extra metre.”

Although Souttar is 24, he does lack experience of playing in a top domestic league.

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That could be something that means this deal ultimately doesn’t happen.

Arguably, Wolves need a centre-back that is in and around the age of 30. Or someone who has experience playing in a top league in Europe.