Wolves in talks over Corinthians forward Yuri Alberto

Yuri Alberto scores for Corinthians/Wolves in talks over move for Corinthians forward Yuri Alberto
Yuri Alberto made his debut for Brazil in a friendly against Morocco last year - Wagner Meier/Getty Images

Wolverhampton Wanderers are lining up a late deal for Corinthians forward Yuri Alberto as Gary O’Neil ramps up his search for firepower.

Alberto, 22, is emerging as a serious target for Wolves before the transfer deadline with Wolves proposing a loan move until the end of the season.

O’Neil, the Wolves head coach, has been determined to sign a ‘No 9’ goalscorer in the January window and the club is now in talks with Corinthians over a potential deal.

Wolves have also considered West Ham’s Danny Ings and Paris St-Germain’s Hugo Ekitike this month, while a bid to sign Chelsea forward Armando Broja on a straight loan has been rejected by the London club.

With time running out, and funds restricted due to concerns over future breaches of the Profitability & Sustainability Rules [PSR}, Wolves are hoping to strike a loan deal for Alberto.

In the 2022/23 season, Alberto contributed 10 goals and seven assists in all competitions for Corinthians.

He joined the Brazilian giants last year on a permanent deal after initially impressing on loan from Zenit St Petersburg.

Last year he also made his debut for the national team in a friendly against Morocco.

Alberto was linked with West Ham last summer and Corinthians officials claimed he turned down a move to join David Moyes’ team.

Wolves have recruited successfully in the past from Brazil, after signing the highly-regarded midfielder Joao Gomes from Flamengo for around £15 million. Matheus Cunha, the forward, is also a Brazil international after joining from Atletico Madrid last year.

If their bid to sign Alberto is successful, Wolves may consider the loan exits of midfielder Joe Hodge and teenage forward Nathan Fraser.

O’Neil admitted last week that financial restrictions have made recruiting the right player difficult in this window.

He said: “We need to take people who deserve the opportunity to play for Wolves and are good enough to help the group.

“January is tricky, prices are sometimes inflated. If we can’t find ones who can help us we’ll go with what we’ve got, which is fine.”

Wolves are poised to sign Noha Lemina, the teenage brother of midfielder Mario, in a loan deal which includes a buy option for around £1.7m.

The club returns to Premier League action on Thursday against Manchester United at home.

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