Newly-promoted Premier League outfit Wolves are close to signing Portugal international Joao Moutinho from French side AS Monaco.
The Premier League side have agreed a fee of around £5million for the 31-year-old, Press Association Sport understands.
Wolves are reportedly ready to offer the midfielder a two-year deal as they add to their squad ahead of their Premier League return next month.
After blitzing their way through the Championship, Wolves are being considered as potential dark horses to finish in the top-half next season, and perhaps even further.
With an already talented squad at the Molineux, adding players like Moutinho will only enhance their chances.
Moutinho is expected to become Ruben Neves’ midfield partner at Molineux in an impressive coup for the club.
Moutinho won Euro 2016 with Portugal and has 113 international caps, and, despite his age, he started Portugal’s opening two games of the World Cup this year.
The ex-Porto star is the third highest capped player in Portugal’s history behind Cristiano Ronaldo (154) and Luis Figo (127).
Not bad company.
He also helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2017 having won the Europa League and three Primeira Ligas with Porto.
Moutinho will follow Portugal teammate Rui Patricio to Molineux after the goalkeeper joined on a free transfer from Sporting Lisbon having terminated his contract after an attack by fans.
Sporting have complained to FIFA and want compensation for the 30-year-old.
Portuguese players Neves, Diogo Jota and Ruben Vinagre are also at Molineux as the club utilise their relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes.
Wolves start their Premier League campaign with a home game against Everton, before travelling to Leicester City.
Their first real test comes in the third gameweek as they welcome reigning champions Manchester City.
Having experienced players like Moutinho in their side, however, will do them wonders when it comes to the crunch games.
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