Wolverhampton Wanderers strengthened their strikeforce by signing Saša Kalajdžić from VfB Stuttgart towards the end of the summer transfer window.

The Austrian suffered a serious injury on his debut and has been sidelined since then.

Prior to completing the deal for Kalajdžić, Wolves showed interest in Genk star Paul Onuachu. This was confirmed by the player himself in September.

Onuachu managed 23 goals and three assists last season and won the Belgian Gouden Schoen [Golden Shoe] award. He was hoping his impressive displays would have helped him seal a move elsewhere.

The 28-year-old has now revealed why his move to Wolves [or another club] didn’t take shape in the last window.

“The Golden Shoe is a great prize that I am proud of. But it didn’t have the effect I had hoped for. It didn’t change my life when I thought it would open the way to a transfer,” he told De Morgen.

“Everyone knows that I wanted to take a step higher. However, the interest was not there after the Golden Shoe last winter.

“After the wedding in the summer I had set my sights on a transfer again. This time there were interested clubs [including Wolverhampton Wanderers] but the puzzle pieces did not fit together.

“When I got injured in July, I was allowed to cross it completely. No club is going to get an injured striker. That was a disappointment, because I believe I showed the right things to force a transfer. I have seen players here leave for a great club who have shown less than me. Maybe I don’t know the right people? Do I have the wrong manager? I don’t know. Football is not always fair.”

The Nigeria international has put the failed summer move to Wolves behind him. Despite missing the start of this season with an injury, he has managed to excel, scoring 14 goals from 16 matches. Onuachu has not closed the door to leaving Genk in January.

“Everything is going well at Genk. I score a lot and I like being here. But: if there is an interesting offer this winter or next summer, we will look at it together with Genk. Because I still dream of playing in a big league,” the attacker explained.

Wolves are unlikely to return for Onuachu in January as they are now close to sealing a deal for Atlético Madrid’s Matheus Cunha.