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Nuno still pushing for one more signing at Wolves

Wolves are still hoping to tie up one more signing before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is pushing for the arrival of a midfielder, believed to be Southampton’s Mario Lemina, before the 5pm deadline. But Wolves, who play their next Europa League tie, away to Armenian side FC Pyunik that night, will have to move quickly if they are to get their man.
Wolves have been linked with the 25-year-old midfielder for a while, and Southampton are understood to be willing to let him leave St Mary’s, for around the £15.4m they paid Juventus for him two years ago. But it’s believed Wolves want a ‘try before you buy’ arrangement by taking the Gabon international for a season-long loan first, before buying him next summer. Wolves have enjoyed huge success with this sort of deal before, following the similar arrangements under which Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Jonny Castro Otto, Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker joined the club.
Lemina fits the versatile criteria Nuno likes for his small squad – a right-footed central midfielder who can also operate as a wing back, winger or even centre back, where he played as part of a three-man defence under Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille in 2014-15. He can win the ball back but is also neat and tidy in possession and a good passer.
Having won back-to-back league and cup doubles with Juventus, Lemina has proved himself a winner, and also has two seasons of Premier League football under his belt.
Wolves have also been linked with a move for AC midfielder Franck Kessie. The 22-year-old midfielder is available for around £30m. But it’s understood Wolves are unwilling to part with that amount and the Ivory Coast international is reluctant to move to Molineux, despite the presence of recent team-mate Patrick Cutrone.
Unwanted striker Leo Bonatini has had talks about a return to Nottingham Forest, where he had an unsuccessful loan in the second half of last season. But the Brazilian has returned to Wolves without having reached agreement. Forest’s Championship rivals Reading have also shown an interest in the 25-year-old Brazilian.
Bright Enobakhare and Roderick Miranda are also set to leave Molineux before the window shuts.