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Wolves sign loan deal for Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose


Wolves have reached a deal to sign striker Willian Jose on loan from Real Sociedad as they try to fill the void left by injured Raul Jimenez.

Jimenez was Wolves’ top scorer in each of his two seasons at Molineux, but is currently sidelined after breaking his skull in November following a sickening head collision with David Luiz from Arsenal.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have achieved just one Premier League win since Jimenez’s injury and are expected to enter the market in January to strengthen their options up front.

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Jimenez watched from the stands following serious head injury | Sam Bagnall – AMA / Getty Images

According to Spanish radio station Cadena SER (via Football Espana publisher Collin millar), Wolves have reached a deal to sign Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose on loan, with an option to buy.

Sociedad have an agreement to sign Sevilla striker Carlos Fernandez in the pipeline and, therefore, are ready to allow Willian Jose to leave. Sociedad are also set to re-sign Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid.

The midfielder has enjoyed a successful 2019/20 season on loan at Sociedad, before returning to Bernanbeu this summer. However, he has only played seven times for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season.

Willian Jose was linked with a move to the Premier League in the January 2019/20 transfer window, as Tottenham tried to sign a replacement for injured Harry Kane. The forward was even excluded from Sociedad’s matchday squads as interest began to build up, but Spurs were ultimately unable to respond to Sociedad’s assessment of the player.

Wolves have also been cited with earlier interest in the 29-year-old, with the Midlands outfit linked to a breakthrough in 2018.

Willian Jose has scored 60 goals in 169 appearances for Sociedad since joining the club in 2016. He has four goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this season.