Wolves are delighted to have completed a deal to bring Cardiff City striker Joe Mason to Molineux.
Mason has been a long-term Wolves target, and has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract after making the move from the Welsh side for an undisclosed fee.
“We are delighted to be bringing Joe to the club,” Head Coach Kenny Jackett says of the 24-year-old frontman.
“We’ve looked at him for a while, and particularly back in August, but the deal couldn’t get done.
“He had a good loan spell at Bolton and he’s a natural number 10, plays best just off a striker I think.
“Getting the right partnership in that area is a key one for us.
“And since Afobe and Dicko have gone out of it for different reasons it’s something we’re looking to obviously try to improve.
“I think he would be one part of that, and he is a very good addition.
“I like his work rate, I like his football, and I think he’s a natural to play behind the striker in my ideal 4-2-3-1 formation.”
Born in Plymouth, Mason began his career with the Pilgrims, before joining Cardiff in July, 2011.
After two Championship seasons with Cardiff, where he scored 18 goals, Mason made the first of three loan moves to Bolton Wanderers.
During those spells he scored ten goals from 21 starts and a further nine substitutes appearances.
He made a fine start to the current campaign with Cardiff with five goals from the opening ten games, and has been a regular in the side, starting in both games in which the Bluebirds have beaten Wolves this season.
His most famous goal for Cardiff was the one at Wembley as he opened the scoring in front of almost 90,000 in the 2012 Capital One Cup Final against Liverpool.
Mason qualifies for the Republic of Ireland as his mother was born in Ireland, and he has been capped at Under-21 level.
Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell was also delighted that one of the club’s long-term targets has joined.
“We have been watching Joe for a long time and have always been admirers of his,” said Thelwell.
“He plays in a withdrawn position from where he can score goals and we believe he will fit our style of play very well.
“We think he can also develop into a number 9 role as well.
“He is a strong, hard-working individual who fits our values and we are delighted to have brought him in.”
Jackett meanwhile has confirmed he would also like to bring in another striker before the closing of the transfer window.
“In an ideal world we’d bring two striking options now, and Joe would be one of them,” he added.
“We are reconstructing our front line and we would like, if we can, to bring in a combination.
“There are a number of deals we’re working on.
“We are hopeful of signing a player, or players plural, if we can.
“There’s a lot of work gone in and we hope that it bears fruit.
“If we are not successful it certainly won’t be through a lack of effort.”