Released Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is pricing himself out of a return to the Premier League.
The Mirror says Wolves’ hopes of signing Costa are fading over the striker’s wage demands.
The former Chelsea star is a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid.
And Nuno Espirito Santo has been widely linked with a move for him with Raul Jimenez out long term after suffering a fractured skull.
But Costa, 32, would want more than £250,000 a week and that would put him out of Wolves’s wage bracket and cause them issues around financial fair play unless there were outgoings.
The fact the Brazil-born Spain international is a client of Jorge Mendes, who has close links to Molineux owners Fosun International, had made a deal look simple.
But unless the player is willing to accept a significant pay decrease to return to the Premier League club then it is likely to be a no-go.