Forget Bastos, Wolves should look to keep defensive rock in the Black Country this season

Italian outlet Il Messagero, via HITC, are reporting that Wolves are interested in signing Lazio defender Bastos ahead of their first season back in the Premier League since 2011/12.

According to the report, Lazio have slapped a £13 million asking price on the Angolan international. The figure is a far cry from the £5.8 million that Transfermarkt value him at, but by no means beyond the newly-moneyed Wolves’ reach.

Lazio lost another star centre-back in the shape of Stefan de Vrij to Inter very recently though, and must be reluctant to let another reliable defensive option leave in such quick succession.

Not only that, but Wolves might find that there’s a far more gettable target closer to home.

Craig Dawson

Craig Dawson has very recently handed in a transfer request to the powers that be at West Brom, so convincing him to jump ship to a Premier League outfit shouldn’t be too difficult. 

Dawson was also one of the few West Brom defenders to escape the club’s calamitous 17/18 campaign with his reputation not only intact, but even enhanced. Throughout a trying season, Dawson was ever reliable, calm and organised at the back. It’s a shame those alongside him let him down so regularly.

His offensive threat from set pieces would also add another dimension to Wolves’ armoury, and one that could prove very useful in the Premier League. Beyond that, Dawson’s versatility means he could be an effective option for Wolves at both centre-back and right-back.

Transfermarkt value Dawson at £7.2 million, and in light of his obvious desire for a move, he could come far cheaper than Bastos. The 28-year-old would also will be bringing bags of Premier League experience along with him for the short trip down the A41. 

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