Regardless of who is in control of recruitment at Wolverhampton Wanderers, be it well-connected super-agent Jorge Mendes, manager Nuno Espirito Santo or sporting director Kevin Thelwell, it appears that Carl Ikeme’s position could be under pressure at Molineux.
The 27-year-old is hardly the most consistent or reliable goalkeeper in the Bundesliga, conceding 51 goals in 25 appearances last season, but nabbing a player from the German top division would still be an impressive move by the club that finished 15th in the Championship in 2016/17.
And his addition could bring an end to Ikeme’s long spell as the club’s first choice custodian. In fact, the 31-year-old has barely been challenged for the number one jersey since the beginning of the 2012/13 season.
And reports in the Express and Star claiming that Wolves are prepared to let Andy Lonergan leave on a free just 12 months after signing from Fulham suggested that Ikeme had once again emerged victorious.
However, if Wolves are able to win the race for Wiedwald, the Nigerian international will finally have some much-needed competition for a starting place at Molinuex.
Ikeme is one of the more reliable goalkeepers in the Championship with high-profile mistakes an anomalie in his game. The issue, however, is fitness rather than form.
Wiedwald may take Carl Ikeme's place if injuries strike again
In the last three seasons, Ikeme has missed a total of 40 league games for Wolves and a more able deputy is required. Wiedwald, then, could be an upgrade on the older Lonergan.
And the long-serving Ikeme may find that he could struggle to recover from another prolonged spell out of the starting XI.