Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett admits that Molineux would be a stepping stone for US international Juan Agudelo, but insists the striker is keen to join the club on a short-term deal.
Agudelo, 21, is on trial for a second week at Wolves, with a decision on whether to pursue his signature to be made at the end of the week.
The promising front man has ambitions of starring in the Premier League, but Jackett believes a short stint in the Championship could be the best answer for both parties.
‘I’m sure the Premier League is his aspiration but a good way to get there is to come to a Championship club, and at 21 he has time on his side to progress to that,’ he told the Express and Star.
‘Would he have other options going forward into January? Yes. I’m sure his agent is talking to other people but the fact he’s here shows he’s open to signing for us.’
Agudelo, 21, has been a free agent since leaving Stoke at the end of the 2013-14 season after a second unsuccessful attempt to secure a work permit saw the former MLS star fail to make a single appearance for the Premier League side.
The club’s chief executive Tony Scholes dubbed him a £10 million player at the time, and Jackett can understand the praise after seeing him in action for the club’s under-21s last week.
‘That’s a fantastic quote. Premier clubs can’t do anything until January, so maybe that’s to our advantage he’s here at this particular time,’ he said.
‘He played against Queens Park Rangers on Friday - he did OK and at 21 he’s strong and he looks like he can get a goal. He’s similar to Yannick Sagbo, in terms of his power and strength. He has similar assets.
‘By the end of this week we’ll definitely make a decision. We’ve had a good look at him - we’ve had plenty of 11 on 11s in training to make sure we get him right.’
Having agreed to join Stoke from the New England Revolution on a free a transfer at the start of 2014, Agudelo’s failure to acquire a work permit saw him spend the second-half of the 2013-14 campaign on loan at FC Utrecht, before being released following the season after a second appeal was denied.
The 18-times capped prospect is understood to be attempting to acquire an EU passport through the unconventional route of purchasing property in Cyprus, however, and Jackett remains confident that his potential signing would be straightforward.
‘We could get it. He played for Utrecht last season, so it doesn’t seem as if there’s a problem and we’d be OK,’ he said.
‘He’s available and he’s looking for a club in this country.’