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Wolves transfer news: Wanderers eyeing Oldham talent Benny Couto

Wolves are reportedly eyeing a move for Benny Couto of Oldham Athletic.

The Telegraph have reported this evening that the 18-year-old is on the radar of officials at Molineux.

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Couto broke through with the first-team earlier this season. He has been really impressing with the struggling League Two side.

Left-back Couto, who hails from Portugal, made his debut against Salford City as a starter, after impressing youth staff.

So far, he has made 21 appearances for the club, with 14 of those coming in the league.

Oldham would reportedly hope to retain him on loan if they struck a deal with Wolves. Leeds United are also hovering.

The highly rated youngster actually signed a new deal with the club back in October. Likely as a reward for his fantastic progress.

After signing that deal, Latics boss Keith Curle said of Couto (via Oldham Athletic official): “I’ve seen Benny mature over the summer and he’s a real asset to the team.

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“He’s taken his chance and it was only right we showed real faith in his ability as the current crop of youngsters making their way through are a real credit to the football club and its supporters.”

It is probably no surprise to learn that Wolves are taking a look at young Portuguese player with exciting potential.

The club obviously have a big contingent of players from the nation at Molineux.

Couto would certainly be a potential signing for the future, with left-wing back actually a fairly strong position at the moment.

Rayan Ait-Nouri looks a serious talent, while Fernando Marcal has also proven a decent option.

And Wolves have Jonny Castro Otto to welcome back from injury very soon.

Wolves surely in good position to poach Benny Couto ahead of Leeds

Wolves have surely got to be favourites to land Couto ahead of Leeds.

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There are many Portuguese players and staff at Molineux. That has surely got to count for a lot.

It is likely that having such a strong Portuguese influence and culture at the club will help Couto to settle in better than if he went somewhere else.