Reported Wolverhampton Wanderers target Jhon Cordoba has rejected a new contract at Cologne, general manager Horst Heldt has admitted to the Express.
Even if Raul Jimenez stays for another year in Old Gold, Nuno Espirito Santo could do with one more option for that number nine position.
After all, the overworked Mexican, who played a staggering 53 games in 2019/20 alone, remains the only established centre-forward in Wolves’ squad.
However, with Cordoba joining Braga ace Paulinho on their transfer hit list, all the signs suggest that the Europa League challengers are looking to ease the burden on Jimenez’s sloping shoulders.
Cordoba found the net 14 times in 31 Bundesliga matches for newly-promoted Cologne last season, scoring at a remarkable rate since the turn of the year.
According to the Express, Wolves have shown an interest in signing the former Mainz and Espanyol powerhouse in a potential £18 million; and their hopes have been handed a major boost with Cordoba seemingly reluctant to extend a contract which expires in July 2021.
Not that Heldt is suffering from sleepless nights just yet however.
“Haggling is part of the process and such a rejection (of a new contract) is a completely normal development. This is not something that upsets us now,” says the former Schalke chief.
With his 6ft 2ins frame, a majestic leap and that ability to shrug off defenders with a burst of acceleration, Colombian Cordoba certainly shares a few similarities with one of the Premier League’s most fabled forwards.
“Didier Drogba is a legend. Obviously I’m happy, when people say that I have a similar style. That makes me proud,” Cordoba told Fox.
With Nuno likely to stick with that lone-striker system, Cordoba’s mix of technical and physical attributes means he should be able to lead the line with ease.