Wolves 'will turn to ANDY CARROLL if move to sign Diego Costa fails'

Wolves ‘will turn to ANDY CARROLL if their move to sign Diego Costa fails’ after the former Chelsea man’s work permit application was rejected on the FA’s post-Brexit points system, as they hunt for a free agent striker

  • Wolves are in desperate need of a new forward after Sasa Kaladjzic’s injury
  • Kaladjzic, who joined Wolves for £15m this summer, has already injured his ACL
  • Former Chelsea frontman Diego Costa had been lined up as his replacement
  • But Costa, 33, has been denied a work permit to sign for Bruno Lage’s side
  • The west Midlands club will target Andy Carroll if Costa’s appeal is rejected

Wolves will target a shock move for Andy Carroll if their appeal to sign Diego Costa is rejected, according to reports.

Bruno Lage has been left scrambling for an emergency attacking recruit at Molineux after £15.4million summer signing Sasa Kaladjzic suffered a cruciate ligament injury during his debut against Southampton on Saturday.

And Costa, best known in England for winning two Premier League titles with Chelsea, is available on a free transfer after departing Atletico Mineiro last December, meaning he quickly emerged as Wolves’ top target.

Wolves will target a shock move for Andy Carroll if their appeal to sign Diego Costa is rejected

However, despite being scheduled to fly into the UK and undergo a medical on Wednesday, it is believed the 33-year-old has not been granted a work permit as he does not score enough points to receive one.

Wolves are said to have appealed the decision, but if that fails The Telegraph claim Carroll, 33, will be considered as an alternative.

The former Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle striker has been without a club since leaving West Brom upon the expiry of his contract in July, leaving him free to move elsewhere without a transfer fee required.

Costa’s move to Wolves is in doubt after his work permit application was reportedly rejected

If the appeal is also turned down, the west Midlands club will consider a shock move for Carroll

Should they pursue a deal, he would also be classed as a ‘homegrown’ signing for the Midlands club.

Carroll has most recently been on West Brom and Reading’s books, dropping down to the Championship after leaving Newcastle for a second time last year. 

His career has been plagued by injuries over the past six years, restricting him to no more than 19 league appearances and seven goals in a single season. 

Yet in the event that Costa proves unavailable, Carroll will be considered as a potential back-up option for Wolves’ star striker Raul Jimenez.

Wolves are eager to sign a striker after new signing Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an ACL injury

First they will wait to discover the outcome of Costa’s appeal hearing, which will reportedly take place at the same time as his medical with the club.

Players have to score at least 15 points across six criteria to be allowed to move to English clubs in rules set out in the FA’s post-Brexit point-based system, which has been effective since January last year. 

Players who score between 10 and 14 points are able to lodge an appeal, with half of the criteria relating to appearances, with international, domestic and continental minutes accrued all assessed.

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