WOLVES are ready to open talks over a new contract with boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Molineux chiefs have shown that they mean business by splashing out a club-record £35million on whizkid Fabio Silva, 18, last weekend.
And now SunSport understands executive chairman Jeff Shi wants to tie his inspirational head coach to a new, three-year deal worth around £4million.
Wolves are set to sign Porto midfielder Vitor Ferreira, 20, on a season loan this week.
That deal would seal a hat-trick of summer signings after the stunning swoop for Porto striker Silva — and a £1.8million deal for Lyon’s experienced left-back Fernando Marcal, 31.
Shi hopes this sends a clear message to Nuno that his pleas to strengthen the squad have been heard and acted upon.
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The Portuguese boss sent shockwaves through the Molineux boardroom in the wake of Wolves’ Europa League quarter-final defeat by Sevilla, when he openly called for a major investment in his wafer-thin squad.
It was the first time Nuno had broken ranks and spoken publicly of the need to strengthen.
Now, having delivered a stellar signing with Silva, Shi wants to strike while the iron is hot by agreeing a timetable for talks with Nuno, who has now entered the last year of his £60,000-a-week deal.
Ex-keeper Nuno, 46, has taken the club from the Championship to the last eight of European competition in three incredible seasons — making him one of the hottest managerial tickets around.
Shi hinted he expected him to stay when he said of Silva’s capture: “Fabio has the potential to be a generational talent and for us to see him develop under Nuno is very exciting.
“Every deal the club does — this deal, any following deals, sales of players — are all about supporting Nuno.”
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