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Wolves snap up Azerbaijan ace – and hope he can follow Jota

Wolves have announced a signing for the future in Azerbaijan international Renat Dadashov.

The 20-year-old striker has penned a four-year contract after joining from Portuguese side Estoril for an undisclosed fee. Dadashov, who scored four goals in 22 appearances in Portugal’s Liga Pro (second division) last season, has been immediately loaned out to fellow Portuguese outfit Pacos de Ferreira for the season to gain further experience.

Pacos is where Wolves striker Diogo Jota began his professional career and club officials are hoping the recently promoted side, who will be playing in Portugal’s Primeira Liga this season, can have a similar influence on Dadashov.

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell said: “Renat has all the characteristics we look for in a Wolves player and now departs for Pacos de Ferreira determined to develop into an even better footballer for his return in a year’s time. Our supporters can see first-hand the ilk of player Pacos have produced in the past in Diogo Jota and we now wish Renat the best of luck during his loan, which we will be monitoring very closely during 2019-20.

Renat is an exciting prospect who we have been monitoring closely over the past season and we’re delighted to welcome him to the club. When working in the transfer window, we are not only focused on the present, but also the future, and in Renat I’m very hopeful we have secured a signing who will develop into a fantastic footballer in the future.”

Dadashov has been capped three times at full level, most recently in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Hungary and Slovakia this summer. His first senior international call-up in 2017 came after multiple appearances for both Azerbaijan and German youth levels, having been born in Rudesheim to Azerbaijani parents.

Spending much of his youth career in Germany, Dadashov switched between Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig in his later teens before linking up with Estoril this time last year.