Wolves reportedly step up summer pursuit of Daniel Opare

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Brentford at Molineux on January 2, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

West Ham looked to be closing in on Augsburg's Bundesliga ace Daniel Opare but Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers are now in the race.

Leverkusen's German midfielder Julian Brandt (L) and Augsburg's Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Augsburg vs...

West Ham United appeared to be targeting a deal to bring Augsburg’s Daniel Opare to the London Stadium at the end of this season, as reported by Ghanaian publication Soka 25.

But now it appears they have turned their attention towards another soon-to-be free-agent right-back. As reported by Football London, Ryan Fredericks' swashbuckling performances in Slavisa Jokanovic’s free-flowing Fulham side have encouraged West Ham to make him one of their top summer targets.

Which, in conjunction, could be great news for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves are cruising to the Championship title and are already looking for players who will improve their squad upon promotion to the Premier League.

Daniel Opare of Ghana holds off a challenge by Jermaine Jones of the United States during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das...

And according to GhanaSoccerNet, Wolves are now expected to step up their pursuit of Opare - who they had looked at in January - when his contract expires at the end of this season.

The former Porto full-back has been one of the most impressive performers in a decent season for Martin Baum’s Augsburg and has started 17 Bundesliga games in 2017/18. But it looks almost certain that he will leave the club on a free transfer and he was spotted recently talking to officials from German giants Schalke.

But GhanaSoccerNet report that Wolves are planning to step up their pursuit in the summer. And Opare is likely to replace Paul Ofosu-Ayeh, who moved to Molineux from Eintracht Braunschweig in the summer but has not made an appearance thanks to injury.

Nuno Esprito Santo manger of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton at Hillsborough on December 15, 2017 in...

As such, Wolves could swap one German-based Ghana right-back for another.

As reported by the Mail (2 January), Opare was valued at £3 million a few weeks ago so Wolves could get a bargain signing him in a couple of months.

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