Watford offered Espanyol’s lightning-fast Wu Lei, dubbed the ‘Chinese Maradona’ as Wolves’ cool interest
- Wu Lei has scored eight goals so far this season for Espanyol’s bottom in La Liga
- The 28-year-old is linked to Wolves, but Watford is now the leader
- The ex-Chinese Super League star came from Shanghai SIPG for £ 1.8 million last year
- Espanyol is facing financial concerns with relegation as a result of the upcoming flight
Watford has been given the opportunity to contract Espanyol striker Wu Lei.
The Spanish club is struggling amid the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and has little choice but to consider selling part of their team.
Chinese international Wu Lei has 67 international caps and has been linked to a move to Premier League Wolves in the past month.
The speed and direct approach of China Forward Wu Lei can be a success in the Premier League
Nigel Pearson and Watford are said to be the leaders of the 28-year-old Espanyol striker
However, it is clear that Watford has shown greater interest in the 28-year-old who can play left and over the front line.
He has an explosive pace, scoring eight times in a struggling side this season.
He joined Espanyol for £ 1.8 million in 2019 from Shanghai SIPG, where he was the second all-time top scorer in Chinese Super League history with 102 goals.
Espanyol is ten points shy of safety despite the eight goals their top scorer contributed
Wu Lei also holds the record as the youngest player to have played in a 14-year, 287-day Chinese professional league and was dubbed ‘the Chinese Maradona’ by the coach who discovered him.
Chinese-owned Espanyol is expected to be banned for languishing at the base of the La Liga table.
Some players are expected to leave and Wu Lei’s hardworking style could fit into the Premier League.
Wu Lei Wu Lei (right) has scored 18 times in 67 international matches for China since 2010