Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has made clear what his priorities are in the January transfer window. According to the Birmingham Mail, the Portuguese manager wants a proven Championship striker to give his forward line more depth ahead of the second half of the season.
Chris Martin, Lewis Grabban and Dwight Gayle, who have all scored prolifically in the second tier over the years, are understood to be on Nuno’s shortlist.
But it seems that a move for Stefano Okaka cannot be ruled out just yet. According to The Mirror (6th December, page 49), the four-time Italian international looks set to leave Watford after falling out of favour under Marco Silva, playing a minute of Premier League football since the opening day.
And the report adds that Wolves are interested in a striker who turned them down on the final day of the summer transfer window.
But for all Okaka’s qualities, his aerial presence and ability to bully backlines with his sheer physicality, it is difficult to get away from the feeling that the former Sampdoria hitman is not exactly the player Nuno is looking for.
Okaka has never played in the Championship after all – which is understood to be a key attribute Nuno wants from his January targets. And the 6ft 1ins battering ram is hardly a prolific goalscorer either, having hit double figures just once in his career.
In contrast, Grabban, Martin and in particular Newcastle United’s number nine Gayle, who scored 23 in 26 Championship starts last season, are natural goal-scorers.
Perhaps Wolves should see Okaka as an alternative option, then, if their other targets prove unavailable or unwilling to move to Molineux.