Fulham are preparing a third bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Ivan Cavaleiro and are growing increasing confident of landing their man, according to reports this afternoon.
The Whites have seen two previous offers for the Portuguese international rejected by Wolves but believe an offer starting at around £16m would test the Championship winners’ desire to keep hold of the 24 year-old. Cavaleiro, who has also been linked with a summer move to Huddersfield Town, became a key part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s Championship winning side last season – scoring eight goals and making twelve more in 35 appearances as Wolves surged to the title.
The rapid winger established himself as a firm favourite with the Molineux fans following a £7m move from Monaco in August 2014. He forced his way into Nuno’s starting line-up last season despite Wolves’ wealth of attacking options and won the PFA’s November player of the month award. Cavaleiro won the Portuguese treble with Benfica in 2014 and also reached the Europa League final with the Eagles.
Fulham have been undeterred by seeing their first two bids – believed to be worth £12m and £14m respectively – rejected and are stepping up their pursuit with another offer expected in the coming days. Slavisa Jokanovic is keen to bring in further options on the right side of his fluid 4-3-3 formation, although Cavaleiro’s versatility means he could play in any of the forward positions.