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Wolves transfer news: Tottenham planning summer bid for Wanderers target Joao Palhinha

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.