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Cav targeted by Fulham as Rondon chase hots up

Ivan Cavaleiro has emerged as a target for relegated Fulham – as Wolves maintain hopes of landing Albion striker Salomon Rondon.

Cavaleiro is understood to be frustrated at his lack of regular starts and could be looking at a Molineux exit this summer. Fulham have registered their interest in the 25-year-old forward.

Leeds have also been linked with the twice-capped Portugal international for the second summer in a row, and reports have said the forward, who cost Wolves a then club record of £7m in August 2016, is available for £12m.

Fulham look set to lose Aleksandar Mitrovic following their drop into the Championship, with the 24-year-old former Newcastle striker linked with Everton and West Ham, and Cavaleiro is a potential replacement for the Serbia international.

Cavaliero scored with his first touch in the Premier League when he netted the first in the 2-0 home win over Southampton on Septemeber 29. But he made only six starts in the league for Wolves in 2018-19, with a further 17 appearances off the bench and a total of three goals.

His game time reduced once head coach Nuno Espirito Santo switched from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 and the Raul Jimenez-Diogo Jota partnership took off.

Now it looks like Wolves could be ready to cash in on the player who was Fosun’s first club record signing, matching the fee paid for Steven Fletcher in June 2010.

Meanwhile, sources have confirmed to that Wolves are pushing ahead with moves to sign Rondon.

The Venezuela international has just enjoyed a hugely successful season-long loan spell at Newcastle, where he scored 11 goals in 32 Premier League games and supplied seven assists, all of which helped make him the club’s player of the year.

Wolves are willing to meet Albion’s £16.5m release clause in Rondon’s contract and they have the carrot of European football to offer after qualifying for the Europa League.

Nuno wants Rondon to compete with Jimenez for a starting place as he seeks to strengthen his squad of just 16 senior outfield players, with the prospect of possibly six or more games in Europe.

Rondon is reportedly keen to stay to extend his stint on Tyneside, but only if manager Rafa Benitez stays, while the Geordies are understood to be lukewarm on the fee for a player who turns 30 in September.

West Ham are also keen on Rondon to compete with Marko Arnautovic as boss Manuel Pelligrini looks to strengthen in the close season.

Rondon knows the West Midlands well however, having settled in the area for three years prior to joining Newcastle, renting Wolves man Romain Saiss’s house during his time with the Baggies.

Benitez remains in remote contact with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley following a meeting in London six days ago, while a report in Italy suggests the Spaniard has been given the green light to spend in a bid to bring European football back to St James’ Park.