Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly entered talks with Real Sociedad regarding a deal for Willian Jose, who could arrive as striker cover during Harry Kane’s time on the sidelines.
Spurs recently confirmed Kane, 26, isn’t expected to return to training until April after he suffered a torn hamstring, robbing manager Jose Mourinho of his only senior centre forward.
The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano and Michael Butler reported that talks are underway to sign Jose, who withdrew from the Copa del Rey squad that faced Espanyol on Wednesday. According to the club, the frontman “has asked to stay out until his situation is clarified.”
It’s understood Jose has a release clause in his contract worth $77.4 million (€70 million), though Spurs will undoubtedly attempt to strike a deal for far less.
Kane suffered the injury in the latter stages of a 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, leaving 18-year-old academy graduate Troy Parrott as the only recognised striker.
Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura have each played a hand in facilitating the manager’s needs in attack since Kane was injured earlier in January, but it looks as though Mourinho could invest before the transfer market closes on January 31.
Jose, 28, has scored eight times in 20 league appearances for Sociedad this season. The former Real Madrid loanee—who played a single senior game for Los Blancos—has netted 53 times in 130 total appearances for La Real since he joined the club in 2016.
Gedson Fernandes became the first player to arrive at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the Mourinho era following his 18-month loan move from Benfica earlier this month.