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Now Derby in for in-demand Wolves forward Cav

Wolves forward Ivan Cavaleiro is now wanted by Derby County, understands.

The 25-year-old has been made available for loan or transfer this summer by head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and the Rams are the latest club to show an interest.

Cavaleiro has been a target for Fulham, while fellow relegated club Huddersfield have also been heavily linked with the Portuguese attacker.

Now Derby, looking to go one better under new boss Phillip Cocu after losing in the Championship play-off final to Villa, are looking to Cavaleiro to help fire a promotion charge in the coming season.

Derby are looking to boost their attacking options with Martyn Waghorn, Jack Marriott and Florian Jozefzoon  currently their only recognised forwards. Last season’s 18-goal top scorer Harry Wilson returned to Liverpool from his season-long loan and David Nugent wasn’t offered a contract. Chris Martin is back at Pride Park after a season at Hull City – where he only scored twice in 30 Championship games – but hasn’t played for Derby since January 2018.

Cavaleiro has scored 19 goals in 106 games in all competitions since joining Wolves for a then club joint record £7m in August 2016 from Monaco. He was the first big money signing under Fosun’s ownership – signing a five-year contract on the same day as the return of Richard Stearman on loan from Fulham – and helped them win the Championship title in 2017-18, netting nine times in 42 games.

But he struggled for regular games in the second half of last season, making just six starts in the top flight with another 17 appearances off the bench, scoring three goals. He added another two strikes in the FA Cup run to the semi-finals, where he missed a golden chance against Watford at Wembley.

Cavaleiro made just one Premier League start – in the 2-0 defeat at Burnley – after January 2, and, like the now departed Helder Costa, was a victim of the successful switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2, which suited Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota so well.