Willian Jose comments on failed Spurs move
Willian Jose has told Noticias de Gipuzkoa that he does not understand why Real Sociedad did not sell him to Spurs in 2020, when they were willing to loan him to Wolves one year later.
The 29-year-old’s time at Molineux has come to an end. Unfortunately, it did not prove to be the best spell for the Brazilian.
He scored once in the Premier League. And it appears that there may be little desire to keep him at Wolves beyond his loan spell.
Perhaps Spurs fans may therefore, feel that they had a lucky escape – as Willian Jose was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium the year before he joined Wolves.
It was reported by The Guardian that the striker was Jose Mourinho’s top target for the 2020 January window. However, agreeing a fee appeared to be problematic.
It was suggested that Spurs were prepared to pay £10 million for the attacker. Meanwhile, Sociedad wanted £21 million.
And Willian Jose has now shared just how close a move to North London came.
“I got to talk to Mourinho on the phone and I really wanted to go to Tottenham,” he told Noticias de Gipuzkoa. “I told them that I wanted to go with them and they were delighted with the possibility of being with me there.
“In the end things did not go well and this year they let me go to the Wolves. I don’t understand why a few months ago they didn’t want to let me out for 23 million and now they have let me out. Soccer is sometimes difficult to understand.”
Could Nuno links see fresh Spurs interest in Willian Jose emerge?
Based on his time at Wolves, it is tough to see another Premier League side targeting Willian Jose this summer.
However, perhaps it is not out of the question for Spurs to reignite their interest.
It was reported this week that new director Fabio Paratici is in London for talks with Nuno Espirito Santo.
Spurs, of course, are looking for their new manager. And Nuno looks to be a leading contender as things stand.
And interestingly, it was Nuno who was in charge of Wolves when Willian Jose joined.
So perhaps there is scope for Tottenham to look again.
Admittedly, Willian Jose’s record would not inspire much optimism amongst fans.
But he has done well in Spain in the past. He may not cost a lot. And Spurs definitely need at least one new striker this summer.
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