Gary O’Neil could make first transfer mistake amid Wolves interest in ‘pretty poor’ flop

Gary O’Neil could make his first mistake for Wolves of the transfer window as the club has been linked with a former Premier League flop.

Wolves will be hoping to orchestrate a busy period in the transfer window as Gary O’Neil needs a host of reinforcements.

Old Gold battled their way through the 2023/24 season with a squad woefully short on depth, and the summer now gives the manager a chance to replenish.

While new faces will be needed, O’Neil must not make the same transfer mistakes seen in the past at Molineux, with a rumored target setting off alarm bells.

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Wolves make Michy Batshuayi a transfer target this summer

Ahead of the next transfer window, Wolves have been linked with Fenerbahce striker Michy Batshuayi, according to Turkish outlet Takvim.

Old Gold have been linked with the former Chelsea striker in the past, with the news resurfacing as he nears the end of his contract in Istanbul.

While Takvim details that the Belgian could still extend his contract with Fenerbahce, Wolves are mentioned as one of the interested parties surrounding the 30-year-old.

O’Neil is desperate to sign a striker this summer although, given the mistakes Wolves have made recruiting in that position in the past, the club should think twice about Batshuayi.

Batshuayi would be a disappointing signing for Wolves

The Belgian has scored an impressive 44 goals in 75 appearances for Fenerbahce, according to Transfermarkt, although his goalscoring record in England must be the focal point.

Having represented Chelsea and Crystal Palace in England, Batshuayi has failed to replicate his goalscoring form in Turkey in the English top flight.

In a total of 77 Premier League appearances, the 30-year-old has only scored 15 times, with his highest-scoring league season being five goals.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Batshuayi’s time at Chelsea, Blues legend Ray Wilkins described the striker as “pretty poor”.

Wilkins admitted he did not see the Belgium international as a suitable second striker for Chelsea, speaking about his lack of impact in the Premier League.

Now 30, it would be very disappointing for Old Gold to go after a player with such a reputation in England, particularly when Wolves’ transfer priority is signing a goalscorer.

There is no doubt that Batshuayi is a capable striker, however, the evidence is there to show that the rumored target is not at the level needed to succeed in the Premier League.