As you may have heard, Wolves were considering a move to sign Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace this summer.

After losing Raul Jimenez to a knee injury, Bruno Lage is on the lookout for a new frontman, as the Portuguese tactician only has Patrick Cutrone and Leo Bonatini to call upon behind the Mexican.

Now, however, Wolves will have to cross Benteke off their shortlist after a shock announcement last night.

What’s the story?

Well, the man Crystal Palace spent £27m on has just joined Wayne Rooney at D.C. United.

Benteke has signed a two-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, and according to The Athletic, he becomes the Washington-based side’s most expensive signing ever.

Previously, that record was held by Kevin Parades who joined from VfL Wolfsburg in a deal worth $7.4m (£6m).

The Washington Post believe that the Belgium international has also become the highest-paid player in D.C. United’s history, surpassing Rooney’s playing deal in 2019, which was worth $3.5m-a-year (£3m).

At the age of 31, Benteke still had a lot to offer in the Premier League, so we are quite surprised to see him team up with Rooney in the United States.

Wolves have Christian Benteke alternatives

If Wolves fail to sign a new striker before the transfer deadline, we’ll be very surprised.

Lage has allegedly made a move for Bordeaux frontman Hwang Ui-jo, a player who West Ham were also targeting this summer.

The South Korean would bring plenty of experience to the Midlands at the age of 29, as well as goals, having scored a respectable 11 in 32 Ligue 1 appearances last season.

Wolves are also said to be in advanced talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for Michy Batshuayi, so there are certainly some irons in the fire for Lage.

Keep an eye on developments at Molineux, as a striker could arrive within the coming weeks.

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