Wolves are reportedly facing competition from Tottenham Hotspur for Joao Palhinha, with the north London giants planning to make a bid for the midfielder.
According to Jornal de Noticias, are set to make a play for the Sporting CP star when the next transfer window opens.
Antonio Conte supposedly sees the 26-year-old as the ideal addition for his engine room.
Spurs are hoping to become more attractive option for the player, and securing a top four finish and therefore Champions League football will certainly help them to do that.
The development potentially hands a blow to Wolves.
It was claimed last month that the club were once again looking at Palhinha as a potential addition. He, and his Sporting teammate Matheus Nunes.
Palhinha has long been linked with a move to Molineux.
The Portugal international has been with his current club since the age of 17, and made his first-team debut back in 2016.
To date he has clocked up 93 appearances for Sporting, having also had loan spells with Belenenses and Braga.
Wolves’ recent links to Palhinha have likely come about as a result of the continued speculation about Ruben Neves.
Wolves want to keep hold of him, but the club may struggle if a huge offer comes in. Neves has already reportedly indicated his desire to explore any other others this summer.
Wolves may need to get a move on if Joao Palhinha interest is genuine, amid Totteham bid claim
Wolves may need to get the balling rolling right away if Tottenham are plotting to come in with a bid for Palhinha.
Even if Neves is going to stay at Molineux beyond the summer, the club should still seek to do a deal to get him in.
Wolves have ignored the centre midfield position for too long now.
There needs to be fresh impetus, and Palhinha – supposedly rated around £34 million by Sporting (Jornal) – is and out-and-out, steely holding midfielder Wolves don’t really have right now.
Leander Dendoncker may be of similar build, but the Belgian does not really sit at the base of the midfield.