Wolves are reportedly interested in signing Rennes midfielder Gaetan Laborde following an eye-catching start to the season for the Ligue 1 club.
The Lowdown: Laborde on fire in France
The 27-year-old has been a key player for Rennes since joining from Montepellier, scoring nine goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season across the board, not to mention registering two assists.
That means Laborde has netted two league goals more than Hwang Hee-chan and Raul Jimenez combined this season, highlighting the influence he has had in the French top flight.
It could be that a quickfire move away from Rennes is on the cards, and Wolves are thought to be interested in snapping him up.
Who should Wolves sign?
The Latest: Wolves linked with move
His performances are believed to have seen Wolves taking a close interest in the Frenchman, with the report suggesting that they are the front-runners to sign him.
The Verdict: Exciting attacking addition
Laborde’s current Rennes deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025, so it could mean that a hefty fee is required to prise him away from his current club.
His attacking quality speaks for itself, however, with FBRef comparing his style of play to that of Lille’s Timothy Weah, son of African football legend George. He has averaged 3.5 shots and 1.3 key passes per game achieved in the league so far this season, and he could add another creative dimension to Bruno Lage’s team.
In comparison, Jimenez has the most shots per game for Wolves with 2.1 in 2021/22, while only the Mexican (1.5) and Joao Moutinho (1.4) are playing marginally more key passes at Molineux. Therefore, Laborde would represent a real coup for the Black Country outfit.
In other news, Wolves are thought to be keen on signing a new defender. Find out who it is here.
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