Tottenham in talks for Brazilian striker

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Kieran Harm
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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made contact with Real Sociedad over a move for Brazilian striker Willian Jose. The 28-year-old striker would be seen as a replacement for the injured Harry Kane, and according to El Diario Vasco, the Sociedad star is Jose Mourinho’s first choice.

Spurs have been linked with just about every striker under the sun since the extent of Kane’s injury was revealed, with Algerian star Islam Slimani the last name thrown into the hat. Now, Spanish outlets believe Tottenham have moved on to Willian Jose, but striking up a deal could be tough.

The Brazilian has a release clause in his contract of €70m (£59.5m), which Spurs are reportedly “unwilling” to meet. That could lead to trouble as Sociedad, as most Spanish clubs tend to do, are sticking by the release clause inserted in the players contract.

Tottenham Hotspur target Willian Jose
Willian Jose could provide excellent cover for the stricken Harry Kane – but is he worth the massive £59m price-tag?

If, somehow, Tottenham could manage to persuade Sociedad to budge from their firm standpoint, what kind of striker would Spurs be looking at? Well, Jose has been at Sociedad since 2016, scoring 53 goals in 130 appearaces. So far this term, he has a return of eight goals in 22 appearances across all competitions.

He fits the usual brand of striker Mourinho likes to have in his team too – standing at 6’2″ tall, he’ll provide a strong focal point for the Tottenham attack. I do think he would be a great option for Spurs, not only in the short term but also for the next few years as a back-up to Kane, but not at the price Sociedad are looking for.

For me, given the short term nature of what Spurs are looking for, I’d be far more inclined to sort out a potential deal with Leicester for Islam Slimani. He’d be far cheaper and for me, just as effective in the Mourinho system.

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