Wolves close in on £2.5m signing of Portuguese defender Roderick Miranda from Rio Ave

WOLVES expect to sign Portuguese defender Roderick Miranda for £2.5million next week.

The former Benfica centre-back, aged 26, will arrive from Rio Ave, where he has made 73 appearances since 2013.

 Roderick Miranda (left) in action against Sporting Lisbon


Roderick Miranda (left) in action against Sporting LisbonCredit: Getty Images

The 6ft 3ins Under 20 international is on the books of super-agent Jorge Mendes, who is handling all Wolves’ player recruitment this summer.

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Miranda, a Europa League runner-up with Benfica in 2014,  played under new Molineux boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Rio Ave.

He is a cultered defender, one who likes to play the ball out from the back and who prides himself on his dribbling skills.

Wolves’ fans will no doubt cross their fingers he doesn’t land them with any ‘David Luiz-type’ moments!

The Championship club have also been linked with a move for ex-Manchester United flop Bebe, who is now with Eibar in La Liga.

 Miranda will cost Wolves £2.5million


Miranda will cost Wolves £2.5millionCredit: Getty Images
 Miranda has played under Nuno Espirito Santo before


Miranda has played under Nuno Espirito Santo beforeCredit: PA:Press Association

While there is an interest in the winger, again a Mendes client, it’s not thought he’s currently close to joining.

Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, though, is set to leave the club this summer. It’s believed the 33-year-old has been told he can move on.

Wolves’ pre-season friendly programme features a fixture against German side Werder Bremen on July 12 during their trip to Austria.

Czech clubs FC Viktoria Plzen and FK Jablonec provide opposition on July 15 and 18 respectively.

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