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Wolves give trial to Diego Costa amid striker crisis

Costa has been without a club since January
Costa has been without a club since January / Ricardo Moreira/GettyImages
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Former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will have a trial at Wolves this coming week.

New signing Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an anterior cruciate ligament in the victory over Southampton on Saturday, while Raul Jimenez wasn't included in the matchday squad after pulling out in pre-game training.

With Wanderers boss Bruno Lage struggling for options up front, free agent Costa could be an ideal stopgap in their time of crisis. As he is currently without a club, Costa could join Wolves outside the transfer window.

The striker spent three and a half years back at Atletico Madrid after leaving Chelsea in 2017 but has been without a club since January, when he saw his contract with Atletico Mineiro terminated.

Costa is due in England on Tuesday, where he will undergo a trial and fitness assessment. Given his inactivity, his fitness is a concern, but he would be a solution to a problem which has plagued Wolves for a few seasons now.

With Jimenez struggling for fitness over the last few seasons and Diogo Jota leaving for Liverpool, the Wanderers have struggled for a consistent goal threat. Despite finishing tenth in the Premier League last season, they only netted 38 strikes - the fourth lowest in the division.

The club had hoped Kalajdzic - brought in from Stuttgart - could solve those issues, but his injury has left the club scrambling for alternatives, with Costa now being eyed up.

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