The Mirror are reporting that Crystal Palace are closing in on a deal for Sassuolo striker Khouma Babacar.
Babacar’s loan move from Fiorentina to Sassuolo was only converted into a permanent switch on 1st July, but the Sengalese striker could already be on the move again.
Crystal Palace have been linked with the forward for a long time, and after Christian Benteke’s torrid time in front of goal last season there’s no doubt that the Eagles need to strengthen in that area of the pitch.
Before a deal taking Babacar to Selhurst Park can be confirmed though, Wolves should seek to muscle in on the transaction and make the striker their own this summer.
Nuno Espirito Santo has already brought a couple of new forward options to Molineux during this transfer window. Raul Jimenez has arrived on loan from Benfica, whilst Leo Bonatini has signed permanently from Al-Hilal.
With the likes of Joe Mason and Paul Gladon likely to be moved on though, an extra option looks needed for the squad to stand up to the rigours of a Premier League campaign.
Babacar has proven himself to be a real handful in Serie A, and his 6’3” frame could certainly be put to good use in England.
For all of Wolves’ smart, intricate, attacking play, against top flight opposition this season they’re likely to need something else to turn to.
Babacar marries technique with his physicality, and the 25-year-old is a clinical finisher too. His presence would provide Wolves with an alternative, more direct, route to goal.
Signing the Senegal international, from under the nose of Crystal Palace, would be the perfect way for Nuno to round off his attacking options ahead of the new campaign.