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After establishing himself as a World Cup hero in Qatar, it is no surprise that Yassine Bounou is starting to attract Premier League interest, with Wolves reportedly one of the sides keen on signing him.
They claim that the Old Gold have already submitted a bid for the shot-stopper, as Lopetegui looks to improve upon his goalkeeping options at Molineux, despite the impressive form of Jose Sa since he joined the Midlands club from Olympiacos last year.
Following the exit of John Ruddy in the summer, the inexperienced Matija Šarkić has been the main backup to Sa at Molineux, so it is easy to see why Lopetegui might prefer someone like Bounou in January.
The Canadian-born goalkeeper, who is nicknamed ‘Bono’, has been one of the standout performers for Morocco in their impressive run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar.
Should Wolves sign Bono?
In his three appearances thus far, the ‘keeper has conceded just once in the 2-1 win over Canada, keeping clean sheets against tough opposition in Croatia and Spain and earning a strong 6.90 average rating from WhoScored.
He has been a big part of the Atlas Lions’ superb defensive performances, with their ability to keep the opposition out crucial in their penalty shootout win over Spain earlier this week.
In the shootout, Bono would save all three of Spain’s penalties to knock out Luis Enrique’s side and secure his position in the World Cup history books.
Former Wolves man Romain Saiss, who has also been a big part of Morocco’s success, was full of praise for his goalkeeper after he helped seal their spot in the quarter-finals against Portugal on Saturday.
He said: “It is amazing for him. He had a heroic game today, not only during the penalties. He just wanted to show why he was named the best La Liga goalkeeper last season. He is a great keeper, he proved it against Spain. We owe him a lot today.”
Lopetegui already knows Bono well, as the experienced goalkeeper made 113 appearances under the Spaniard at Sevilla, even popping up with a goal, so he should definitely look to bring him to Molineux as competition for Sa in January.