Wolves considering January move for Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes after losing Willy Boly to ankle injury

Gopal Tikmani
By Gopal Tikmani
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Wolves are considering a move for Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes as they seek defensive reinforcements after losing Willy Boly to an ankle injury.

The Lille centre-back has been watched by Wolves on more than one occasion this term, and it is understood a Molineux scout was at Ligue 1 fixtures against Bordeaux and Marseille.

Gabriel has played the full 90 minutes in a number of matches for his side. Lille sit fifth on the table with 18 points from 12 matches. Like Boly, he is a physically strong player who is comfortable on the ball.

With Boly out of action at least until the New Year, Wolves’ need for a quality centre-back is even more urgent – they were already looking to sign one in January, even before Boly fractured his left ankle in training.

Gabriel is under contract at Lille until the end of next season and has only become a first choice starter this term. He is usually part of a four-man defence but Lille switched to a back three, Wolves’ favoured defensive formation, for the Bordeaux and Marseille fixtures.

While Lille are in a stronger position than a year ago after selling Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal in a deal rumoured to be around £72million, they are still rebuilding their finances following the difficulties of the last two seasons.

The 21-year old has yet to earn a senior cap for Brazil but has been capped four times at Under-20 level. Before making his breakthrough at Lille this term, Gabriel had loan spells at Troyes and Dinamo Zagreb, after he joined the club from Brazilian club Avai in January 2017.

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