Is Tiquinho Soares the Jorge Mendes client who could seal Wolves' Premier League return?

Portuguese football manager Jorge Mendes stands in front of the press during the release of the book 'The Special Agent' written by Miguel Cuesta and Jonathan Sanchez in Lisbon on February...

Wolves want a striker in January - so who better than Jorge Mendes client and prolific Porto attacker Tiquinho Soares?

Porto's Brazilian forward Tiquinho Soares celebrates after scoring a goal during the Portuguese league football match FC Porto vs CD Nacional Funchal at the Dragao stadium in Porto on...

It seems funny now when you hark back to the uncertainty and the suspicion that surrounded Jorge Mendes’ role at Wolves.

The Portuguese super-agent, who boasts a who's who of world famous clients from Cristiano Ronaldo to Diego Costa, is a close confidante of Wolves’ owners Fosun International.

And when it became clear that Mendes had a say in Wolves’ incomings and outgoings, acting as something of an unofficial ‘sporting director’, fans were understandably concerned that their proud club was merely being used as a shop window for the agent’s wares.

Portuguese football manager Jorge Mendes stands in front of the press during the release of the book 'The Special Agent' written by Miguel Cuesta and Jonathan Sanchez in Lisbon on February...

A year on, however, Wolves are top of the Championship, playing some of the best football in England and can count on real star quality players that the club could only have dreamed of signing before Mendes started pulling the strings.

Mendes' magic

And with the January window just two months away, and the Express and Star reporting that manager Nuno Espirito Santo will have money to spend, fans should be excited at the prospect of another Mendes client joining Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Helder Costa at Molineux.

The report adds that Wolves are after a striker – so it seems somewhat inevitable that FC Porto’s prolific frontman Tiquinho Soares will find himself at the centre of the gossip columns sooner rather than later.

Juventus Defender from Brazil Dani Alves (L) vies with Porto's forward from Brazil Tiquinho Soarez during the UEFA Champions League football match Juventus vs FC Porto on March 14, 2017 at...

Tiquinho was linked with Wolves in the closing stages of the summer transfer window, per the Birmingham Mail, after netting 12 goals in 15 games for Porto following his January move from Vitoria Guimaraes.

And though injuries have restricted the Brazilian to just five Primeira Liga appearances in 2017/18, only one of those came from the start. It seems new Porto boss Sergio Conceicao does not trust Tiquinho quite like Nuno did.

But could player and manager be reunited at Wolves? Possibly, if Mendes has anything to say about it.

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