Even before he was an established player in Lille’s starting XI, Boubakary Soumaré was attracting interest from all over Europe, including Wolverhampton Wanderers.

We’ve covered a number of stories on the matter over the months, especially of late, as sides like Tottenham and Manchester United were said to be after his services, but it’s Nuno Espiríto Santo’s side who have made the first move.

That’s what Foot Mercato are reporting on Thursday afternoon, claiming Wolves are one of two teams (Napoli being the other) to have made an offer of ‘over €50m’ for the young midfielder in order to buy out the next two and a half years of his contract.

Not only that, but Wolverhampton have also ‘accepted the idea of loaning him back to Lille’ for the rest of the season before moving to Molineux in July.

However, these offers have been ‘deemed insufficient’ by the Ligue 1 side ‘for now’.

Foot Mercato also remind their readers this isn’t the first time Wolves have made a move for Soumaré, seeing a €40m offer turned down last summer.