Willian Jose to Tottenham: Striker asks to be left out of Real Sociedad matches, bid rejected

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho could be nearing the end in his search for a striker.

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The new Spurs boss was already said to be on the search for an attacker to play as back up to Harry Kane in the build up to the transfer window.

And the need to bring in another player only intensified when Kane picked up a hamstring injury against Southampton on New Year’s Day.

The England captain was ruled out for at least three months after undergoing surgery, and since then a host of players have been rumoured to be on Spurs’ list.

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The latest is Willian Jose, the Brazilian striker at Real Sociedad, with links intensifying over a short space of time.

So what do we know about the 28-year-old? Here’s the latest on his future.

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Who is Willian Jose?

Jose is a 28-year-old Brazilian striker plying his trade with Real Sociedad in La Liga.

He started his career with Gremio Barueri in his native Brazil and made his Serie A debut in 2009, scoring his first professional goal in January 2010.

In 2011, he joined Sao Paulo but was rarely used, finding himself as a back up to the likes of Luis Fabiano and eventually moved on to Gremio where he barely featured.

He put an end to that when he moved onto Santos the following season.

Next up was a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid where he signed a six-month deal, but was assigned to their B Team in the Segunda Division.

He impressed in there and was called up to the main side and was named on the bench for games against Real Sociedad and UD Almeria, finally making his debut for Madrid against Celta Vigo in May 2014, replacing Casemiro.

He was released from Real Madrid in June and then signed a one-year deal with Real Zaragoza, spending the year there before joining Las Palmas.

Jose scored goals against both Barcelona and Madrid while playing for the newly promoted side, but then opted to join Real Sociedad in July 2016, signing a five-year deal.

He has notched 53 goals in 130 appearances.

Deal close

According to reports in AS the striker is “one step away” from becoming Jose Mourinho’s second signing of the January transfer window.

Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose celebrates scoring against Villarreal

Jose could travel to London on Wednesday or Thursday to complete a deal, with Diario Vasco suggesting a fee in the region of €30million could be agreed for the frontman.

That equates to £25.3million at the current rate of exchange.

Jose out of Sociedad squad

Spanish publication Marca say that Jose has been left out of Sociedad’s squad to play Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

Sociedad have reportedly called up Julen Lobete to cover the imminent departure of Jose to Tottenham.

The club confirmed after their match that the striker had asked to be left out of all matches until his future is resolved.

“The forward has now asked the club to remain on the sidelines until his situation is clarified,” they said in a statement.



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