Wolves re-enter advanced talks with former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui with relegation-threatened side hopeful of landing target at the third time of asking

    Wolves are back in advanced talks with former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui about becoming their new manager, talkSPORT understands.

    Lopetegui, who has also managed Real Madrid, has been unemployed since leaving Sevilla in early October, a side he won the 2020 Europa League with.

    Wolves are once again trying for the Spaniard

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    Wolves are once again trying for the Spaniard

    Since then, he has been approached by Wolves to replace Bruno Lage, but rejected the chance to take over at Molineux for a second time due his elderly father being ill. It’s understood Lopetegiu was approached for the job in 2016 after Kenny Jackett was sacked.

    The Wolves hierarchy are now hopeful of convincing the former Sevilla boss to take the job of helping steer them away from relegation danger.

    Wolves have the second-worst record in the Premier League with two wins, four draws and seven defeats leaving their run in the top flight in jeopardy of ending after five seasons.

    With just six goals in 13 games, the Midlands side have the worst attacking record in the division, having previously managed just 38 and 36 goals in the preceding two campaigns.

    Their record Premier League goalscorer, Raul Jimenez, has struggled with injury and form, while summer striker signing Sasa Kalajdzic was brutally taken out of action with a long-term Achilles tear on his debut.

    The club have since signed 34-year-old former Chelsea striker Diego Costa in an attempt to up their goal tally, but so far the former Spain international has yet to find the net since returning from Brazil.

    Wolves can’t buy a goal this season

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    Wolves can’t buy a goal this season

    Wolves also have South Korean striker Hwang Hee-chan on their books after making his loan deal from Leipzig permanent in the summer for a reported £14million, but he too has proved ineffective this term.

    The club’s lack of goals saw Lage sacked on October 2 following a 2-0 loss to West Ham, and caretaker boss Steve Davis has managed a win, a draw and three defeats in his five league games at the helm.

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