Watford offered Espanyol’s lightning forward Wu Lei who has been dubbed the ‘Chinese Maradona’ as Wolves cool interest
- Wu Lei has scored eight goals for La Liga bottom side Espanyol so far this season
- The 28-year-old has been linked with Wolves but Watford are now frontrunners
- The ex-Chinese Super League star joined from Shanghai SIPG for £1.8m last year
- Espanyol are facing financial worries with relegation from the top flight looming
Watford ave been offered the chance to sign Espanyol forward Wu Lei.
The Spanish club are floundering amid the financial fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic and have been left with little option but to consider selling some of their squad.
China forward Wu Lei’s speed and direct approach could be a success in the Premier League
Nigel Pearson and Watford are thought to be frontrunners for the 28-year-old Espanyol striker
However, it is understood Watford have shown a greater interest in the 28-year-old who can play on the left and across the frontline.
He has explosive pace and has scored eight times this season in a struggling side.
He joined Espanyol for £1.8million in 2019 from Shanghai SIPG where he was the second all-time top goalscorer in Chinese Super League history with 102 goals.
Espanyol are ten points shy of safety despite the eight goals their top scorer has contributed
Wu Lei also holds the record as the youngest player to have appeared in a Chinese professional league match aged 14 years and 287 days and was dubbed ‘the Chinese Maradona’ by the coach who discovered him.
Espanyol, who are Chinese owned, are expected to be relegated as they languish at the foot of the La Liga table.
A number of players are expected to leave and Wu Lei’s hard-running style could suit the Premier League.
Jet-heeled Wu Lei (right) has scored 18 times in 67 international matches for China since 2010