Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to sign Brazilian centre-forward Willian Jose from Real Sociedad. According to the reports in the Brazilian Media, the transfer is agreed between both clubs and the only remaining detail to be sorted out is the player’s work permit in England under the new Brexit guidelines. Nuno Espirito Santos’s side have seen a poor run of results in the Premier League due to the absence of injured forward Raúl Jiménez. The Mexican fractured his skull in a horrible clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz.
Fabio Silva was the option Wolves had after the injury, but the 18-year-old is not prolific in front of goal as Jiménez. They have only managed a single win since the injury, so the choice of Nuno to bring in a striker of proven quality is necessary to bolster their attack.
As per reports, Willian Jose will move to Wolves on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the signing permanent after the season for £20m. Jose is a target man and has scored 62 goals in 170 appearances for Sociedad over 5 seasons. He recently scored a brace against Cordoba in Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, which could have been his last game for the club. The 29-year-old is not particularly sharp in front of goal, but can certainly challenge the defenders with his physique.
Willian Jose scored 11 non-penalty goals last season while Jiménez scored 13, but Jose played fewer minutes than the Mexican and so, both have a similar goal to game ratio. Also, his passing range and aerial ability is similar to that of Jiménez.
In his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Wolves manager confirmed negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs for the 29-year-old’s transfer. While Real Sociedad Manager Imanol Alguacil Barrenetxea said: “Willian José, there are negotiations in progress, he will not be in the call up [to face Betis] tomorrow. The negotiations are well advanced”.
Wolves inching closer to finalise the deal and if it does go through, only time will tell how challenging will Willian Jose be for opposition defenders in Premier League.