WOLVES are weighing up whether to make a shock move for Diego Costa.
The Spain striker is a free agent after Atletico Madrid terminated his contract with immediate effect – six months ahead of schedule.
That hasn’t gone unnoticed by Wolves who are currently without star striker Raul Jimenez who suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal which could sideline him for months.
Nuno Espirito Santo has been forced to rely on 18-year-old Fabio Silva to lead his attack, well ahead of schedule and would welcome an inexperienced frontman to take some of the weight from his young shoulders.
Costa certainly has all the credentials after earning legendary status at Chelsea where he won two Premier League titles.
Bookmakers swiftly installed the Molineux club as 6/4 favourites to land the Brazilian born hitman, with Arsenal just behind them at 3/1.
However Wolves have been linked with the 32-year-old for the past two seasons and Nuno Esperito Santo has so far resisted the temptation to move for the combative striker, despite their links with super-agent Jorge Mendes who represents Costa.
Portuguese head coach Nuno is a stickler for discipline and his Wolves squad take pride in their togetherness and total lack of egos in their ranks.
Signing hothead Costa could risk that harmony and is seen as a major reason why Wolves have yet to be tempted by Costa, regardless of the quality and experience he would undoubtedly bring.
The striker would also have to slash his current £270,000 a week wages, which are well above Wolves’ best paid players.
However Costa may want to enjoy one final fling in the Premier League to prove he can still hack it at the top level after failing to impress since his latest return to Atleti.
The Spain international has plenty of interest from South America, the Middle and Far East.
But he has endured an injury-hit season and fallen behind Luis Suarez and Joao Felix in Simeone's pecking order at the Wanda Metropolitano, where he has made just seven appearances across all competitions, including two starts, and two goals.
However Wolves must weigh up whether a short-term deal could suit both parties until the end of the season, allowing Jimenez the time he requires to make a full recovery from his horror injury.
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