According to a report from AS, West Ham have entered the race to sign Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose, and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.
The 28-year-old hitman has scored eight goals in 20 La Liga outings for Sociedad this season (Transfermarkt).
And according to the Guardian, he could be available for £21 million before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
But would that be good value for West Ham?
The Hammers desperately need another striker, with Sebastien Haller failing to fire.
And Willian Jose would be a decent addition. But nothing more than that.
The Brazilian has a decent goalscoring record during his time with Sociedad, with 53 goals in 130 games to his name (Transfermarkt).
He stands at just under 6ft 3in tall (Wikipedia), so he clearly has the frame needed to cope with the intense, robust nature of the Premier League.
Jose does lack pace, however, and is more comfortable when playing with his back to goal (Daily Mail).
It could be argued that speed is an attribute that West Ham should be prioritising when looking for a new striker. The addition of a forward who plays off the shoulder of the last defender would be ideal.
And the Sociedad hitman certainly isn’t that type of forward.
Some West Ham fans took to Twitter in reaction to the report claiming that the Hammers have entered the race to sign the 28-year-old Brazilian…
it’s a no from me…another foreigner who would takes ages to adapt to the PL. over-rated and over-priced
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) January 30, 2020
Another striker that relies upon service that we won’t provide – great! We need a forward with pace, how hard is that to understand?
— James Gunn (@jamesgunn_) January 30, 2020
Why do we always go for foreign strikers that time to adjust to our league. We need a striker who can hit the ground running. @Dean36ashton10 was right this morning when he said there are good strikers in the Championship we should be going for.
— Gill Berry (@GB_Hammer) January 30, 2020
— Lucas ⚒ (@whuIucas) January 30, 2020
Too slow no thanks
— Jamie Matthews (@Effectlly) January 30, 2020