Fulham have offered £26m for Real Sociedad’s Brazilian striker Willian Jose, according to reports this afternoon.
The Sun suggests the Whites have identified the 26 year-old as a potential striking alternative to Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic as a deal to sign the Serbian forward has still not been completed. Reports this morning claimed that Fulham were hopeful that they could finalise Mitrovic’s permanent move to Craven Cottage by the end of this week and it is plausible that the interest in Jose could be to add depth to Slavisa Jokanovic’s attacking options.
Jose has enjoyed three prolific seasons in Spain’s top flight, most recently scoring 34 goals in 74 games for Sociedad. He began his La Liga career with 10 goals in 38 appearances with newly-promoted Las Palmas and has significant pedigree in the Spanish game having signed for Real Madrid in 2014.
The 6 ft 2 1?2 in striker made a name for his himself in youth football, starring as the Brazilian under 20 side won both the South American championship and the World Cup in 2011. A year later, he helped São Paulo win the Copa Sudamericana. Jose’s recent form saw him called up to the Brazilian senior squad for the friendlies against Russia and Germany in March, but he did not win a full cap. The Sun’s report says that Fulham are waiting to see whether their offer has been accepted by Sociedad.