Don Goodman has urged Wolves to snap up Raul Jimenez as soon as possible – or risk having to splash out up to £80m to replace him.
The Mexican forward took his tally to 14 goals this season in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday, joining Steven Fletcher as Wolves’ record scorer in a Premier League season with 12, with eight games still to go.
Jimenez, 27, has been hugely impressive in his season-long loan from Benfica and is thought to be available for £35m in the summer when his temporary stay expires.
That figure would almost double Wolves’ incoming transfer record – £18m for Adama Traore – but is increasingly looking like a bargain, given Jimenez’s impact.
Reports in the Portuguese media suggests a permanent deal is imminent and Goodman believes Wolves should act now.
“He’s been different class. From the first moment I saw him, I was very, very impressed with him,” said the 52-year-old former striker, who scored 39 goals in 155 games for Wolves from 1994-98.
“He seems to get better and better and if Wolves want to buy someone to improve on him, they’re going to have to pay £70m-£80m.
“So absolutely, I think they should snap him up for £35m in the summer.”
Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo eyed up a move for Liverpool’s Divock Origi in January and is an admirer of Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, but has praised Jimenez.
He said recently: “He’s doing OK and when the moment comes, a decision will be made.
“It’s clear – the schedule and the dates are clear, so what Raul has to do is carry on doing what he is doing.
“He did it today but he has to do it tomorrow and the day after. He must keep on performing well and keep on working.”
Jimenez also has six assists this season and is the eighth highest goalscorer in the Premier League.