Report: Newcastle have bid for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose

Rafa Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United  during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and FC Augsburg at St James' Park on August 4, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Two Premier League sides have reportedly made offers to sign La Liga hitman Willian Jose, Fulham and Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United  during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and FC Augsburg at St James' Park on August 4, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Rafa Benitez cannot even hide his frustration at the lack of transfer activity at Newcastle United.

Despite being promised funds to spend by owner Mike Ashley at the start of the summer, The Magpies have only splashed out a combined £16 million on five new signings – one of whom was a free transfer and the other a loan.

But claims from Spanish media outlet BL es Noticas are stating that Newcastle are one of two Premier League sides to make a bid for Real Sociedad talisman Willian Jose this summer.

 

The other, newly promoted Fulham, offered £26 million according to The Mail. So considering Newcastle’s financial situation, it is surely unlikely that their bid was quite this high.

Though the report adds that Jose would prefer to stay in Spain rather than move to England which would surely rule out a move to Fulham, Newcastle or Chelsea, who are allegedly the most recent side to contact the striker’s representatives.

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...

Borussia Dortmund and Valencia are also reportedly interested in a player who has a release clause in his contract worth around £60 million. That is a huge fee but the 6ft 2ins Brazilian has an impressive record in Spain, netting 20 goals in 40 games for Sociedad last season.

He also impressed at Las Palmas and made one La Liga appearance for Real Madrid in 2013/14.

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.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch