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Jhon Cordoba’s advisers felt the contract offer put to him by Cologne was ‘unacceptable’ as the striker continues to be linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers, general manager Horst Heldt has told Express.

When the Bundesliga paused in December for their annual Christmas break, Cologne were staring at an immediate return to the second division.

But it is no coincidence that Markus Gisdol’s side put together a remarkable run of results once their Colombian centre-forward found his feet after the turn of the year.

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Cordoba ended the 2019/20 campaign with 14 goals in 31 games – and all but four of those came in the second half of the campaign.

So if the Billy Goats are to once again establish themselves in the Bundesliga, not to mention target another Europa League foray, then they will need to keep Cordoba at the Rhein Energie Stadion.

That, however, will be easier said than done with the former Mainz striker due to become a free agent in ten months.

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“We made an offer to Jhon. That has been checked and his advisor Christian Wein has informed us that it is unsatisfactory and will therefore not be accepted,” Heldt confirms.

According to Express, Wolves are watching the situation closely with an £18 million deal for Cordoba under consideration.

A powerful, old-school centre-forward who idolises Didier Drogba, the 27-year-old looks tailor-made for Nuno Espirito Santo’s lone-striker system at Molineux.

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