Report: Walsh makes first move in Everton's £27m chase for Willian Jose, further talks planned

Real Sociedad's Willian Jose

Everton are attempting to land Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose.

Real Sociedad's Willian JoseReal Sociedad's Willian Jose

According to the Daily Mail, Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh has opened talks with Real Sociedad over a summer deal to sign striker Willian Jose.

The Toffees looks set to splash the cash again this summer, having signed the likes of Ashley Williams, Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and Yannick Bolaie over the last year thanks to Farhad Moshiri's investment.

Whether Romelu Lukaku stays at Goodison Park or not, manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to land another striker, with the likes of Arouna Kone, Enner Valencia and Oumar Niasse failing to show that they are worthy cover or competition for the Belgian.

Over the weekend, The Mirror reported that Everton were willing to spend around £27million on Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose – and those rumours just won't go away.

The Daily Mail now report that Everton's Director of Football Steve Walsh has made contact with the La Liga club over a possible summer deal, with further talks allegedly planned for the near future.

Willian Jose, 25, was once on the books with Real Madrid, but spent most of his time in their B team before moving on to Real Valladolid and Las Palmas, and he joined Real Sociedad last summer.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri with assistant manager Steve Walsh during trainingLeicester manager Claudio Ranieri with Steve Walsh during training

The Brazilian hitman has notched ten goals in La Liga this season and 12 in all competitions, and he scored in Real Sociedad's 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon on Monday evening.

A physical centre forward with strength and aerial ability, Willian Jose looks built for the Premier League, but fans will hope for big things from him should Everton splash out £27m to secure his signature this summer.

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