Should Wolves replicate 2014 deal with possible Helder Costa replacement?

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Helder Costa in action with Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Oviemuno Ejaria

The Heerenveen winger has been unjustly left out by his manager this season and may be tempted by a move to Wolves.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Helder Costa in action with Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Oviemuno Ejaria

Wolves have only nine Championship fixtures remaining this season and, potentially, less than two months basking in the brilliance of Helder Costa.

The Portuguese winger, the club’s record signing, produced another inspired performance in Saturday’s thrilling 3-1 win at Fulham, setting up goals for Ivan Cavaleiro and Dave Edwards after trademark explosive bursts. No wonder Arsenal and Chelsea are mulling over a £20 million bid, The Sun reports.

On the upside, at least Wolves, bankrolled by Chinese consortium Fosun International, can take some solace from knowing they will have plenty of funds to play with in order to replace their talismanic attacker should he leave.

However, while the temptation may be to shatter their transfer record for the third time in 12 months, they run the risk of overlooking a rather astute bargain. Rajiv Van La Parra, signed on a free form Heerenveen in 2014, may not have set the world alight at Molineux but, after adapting to English football, is currently spearheading Huddersfield Town’s Premier League promotion bid.

Wolves' Rajiv van La Parra

Perhaps Wolves will regret letting him go after just 53 league appearances. However, could they repeat the trick with an almost identical deal?

Like Van La Parra, Luciano Slagveer looks likely to depart Heerenveen in the summer with his contract running down. And, like Van La Parra, the 23-year-old possesses the pace and dynamism to be an excellent addition to the squad if given the chance.

Slagveer may have started just six Eredivisie games all season but this is perhaps an indicator of the Heerenveen manager’s stubbornness rather than the winger’s performances.

Unfairly out-of-favour, he’s still scored and assisted three apiece but it was his lethal 2014/15 campaign, comprising of a career best 12 strikes, that earned him an opportunity in the Dutch Under-21 side.

He’s in need of a change of scenery, however, and could find that at Molineux with Wolves potentially in need of a winger. But will memories of the erratic Van La Parra put them off rather than inspire a deal?

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert

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