WANDERERS are plotting a move for exciting Portuguese midfielder Joao Teixeira.

The Bolton News understands talks are in an advanced stage to loan the 25-year-old from Sporting Braga.

Teixeira is no stranger to English shores, having spent three years at Liverpool, which also included a highly-successful loan stint at Brighton in the Championship.

Wanderers are looking to raise the bar on their recruitment this summer and advisor Lee Anderson jetted over to Faro recently to speak with Teixeira’s representatives.

A product of the Sporting Lisbon youth system, Teixeira moved to Anfield in January 2012 for £1million and later won the club’s academy player of the year award.

After a short loan spell at Brentford Teixeira made his first team bow for the Reds against Fulham, which led to a season-long loan at Brighton.

The winger impressed at the Amex and won the club’s young player of the year prize, scoring six goals, but also suffered a broken leg in the final few weeks of the campaign.

He did make a first start for Liverpool in the League Cup against Bournemouth and also scored his first goal for the Mersey men against Exeter City in the FA Cup.

At the same time the midfielder agreed a loan move to Wanderers alongside Huddersfield Town’s Rajiv Van la Parra, only for the double loan move to collapse at the last moment when Neil Lennon was informed by the board there were no funds available to complete the deal.

He moved to Porto for £250,000 compensation and was then loaned out to Braga, where he featured in the Europa League before making the move permanent for £1m.

Wanderers are looking to bolster their squad with a couple of new signings closer to home by the weekend but the club are also casting their net into Europe. A move for Teixeira is understood to be the first of a couple of foreign-based deals which could come to fruition before the transfer deadline in August.