WANDERERS are believed to be in the driving seat to sign ex-Liverpool winger Joao Carlos Teixeira, with negotiations expected to pick up at the end of the week.

Reports in the Portuguese press say the 25-year-old is considering a move back to England and that Bolton is looking the most likely destination – although Porto, the club who still hold his registration, are looking to manufacture a permanent transfer.

Wanderers currently want to loan Teixeira, who has two years remaining on his contract, with a view to a permanent deal.

Porto signed the midfielder in 2016 for 300,000 Euros but are willing to take less than half that fee to move him on this summer.

Lee Anderson met with representatives of Gestifute, a company owned by Jorge Mendes, in Faro recently to discuss the possibility of a move and is hoping for further talks in a few days.

Teixeira spent last season on loan with Braga and was pencilled in to return for another year until interest from Wanderers emerged.

The midfielder knows he has little chance of returning to Sérgio Conceição’s Porto squad and is understood to be keen on a return to England, where he enjoyed the most prolific spell of his career on loan from Liverpool at Brighton.