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Wolves will consider a move for Andy Carroll if they fail to sign Diego Costa (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s transfer to Wolves is reportedly set to collapse as the club now seek a move for Andy Carroll.

Costa was due to undergo a medical at Wolves on Tuesday but his application for a work permit was rejected by the UK Home Office – and according to The Telegraph they have now turned their attention to former Newcastle, Liverpool and West Ham striker Carroll – who is a free agent?

Premier League Wolves, who are the worst scorers in the top flight this season, are desperate to sign a striker and have appealed the decision over Costa while they continue to evaluate their options.

Like Carroll, Costa, 33, is a free agent after stints at Atletico Madrid and Atletico Mineiro, meaning Bruno Lage’s side can sign him outside of the summer transfer window, which closed at 11pm on Thursday.

Costa scored 59 goals in 120 games at Stamford Bridge and helped Chelsea win two Premier League titles and the League Cup and was named PFA Team of the Year in 2014-15 but Wolves will now be looking to take the 33- year-old Carroll , who is without a club after leaving Championship side West Brom in January.

Costa won two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League, in his two spells at Atletico Madrid but has not been in football since January following the termination of his contract with Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.

Wolves, who have won just one of their first six top-flight games this season, were keen to sign Costa after new striker Sasa Kalajdzic’s ACL injury left him on the touchline for an extended period of time.

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Diego Costa has scored 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea (Image: Getty)

There are also question marks over the fitness of Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, who has struggled with injury woes since the start of preseason.

According to TalkSPORT, the Wolves do not expect to know until Wednesday whether their appeal to the Home Office was successful.

The Interior Ministry reportedly turned down Costa’s application for a work permit due to his age and lack of international appearances for Spain.

Costa has made 24 appearances for Spain after deciding to change his national team after playing twice for Brazil.

If the decision on his work permit is overturned, Wolves are likely to go ahead and offer Costa a contract if he passes his medical at Molineux.

14th in the Premier League, Wolves travel to Anfield on Saturday to face Liverpool.

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