West Ham and Newcastle will be kicking themselves that Willian Jose got away

Real Sociedad's Brazilian forward Willian Jose (R) celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs Valencia CF at the Anoeta...

West Ham United and Newcastle United were both reportedly tracking the forward in the summer.

Real Sociedad's Brazilian forward Willian Jose celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs Valencia CF at the Anoeta stadium...

The Magpies and the Hammers have both had their problems in the Premier League this season, and they currently sit in the bottom half of the table, with their top flight safety far from assured.

Newcastle and West Ham have both lacked a cutting edge in the final third this term, but it could have been so different.

Calcio Mercato reported last summer that the two Premier League sides were interested in signing Real Sociedad forward Willian Jose, who at the time had a £26 million release clause inserted into his contract.

Real Sociedad's Brazilian forward Willian Jose (R) challenges FK Vardar's Macedonian goalkeeper Filip Gacevski during the Europa League group L football match Real Sociedad vs FK Vardar at...

AS reported that he signed a new deal later on in the summer, however, removing said clause in the process, and Newcastle and West Ham will surely be kicking themselves for baulking at his original price-tag.

The 26-year-old has been on fire for the La Liga side this season, scoring 16 goals in 28 games in all competitions, and the way the transfer market has gone over the past six months, £26 million would have surely been considered great value for money.

Real Sociedad's Willian Jose celebrates scoring during the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between FK Vardar and Real Sociedad at the Filip II Arena in Skopje on October 19, 2017.

Willian Jose has showcased his incredible work-rate and lethal finishing all season long in Spain, and the difference that he could have made to either the Hammers or the Toon is obvious to see.

Both clubs will surely learn from their mistake of not pursuing a move for the Brazilian, and be more assertive if and when they are presented with another opportunity in the transfer market this summer.

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