According to a report from Sky Sports, Barcelona have switched their attention to Real Sociedad hitman Willian Jose, who was linked with a move to West Ham in January, having been given special dispensation to make an emergency signing following Ousmane Dembele’s season-ending injury.
Spanish publication AS claimed in January that the Hammers wanted to sign the 28-year-old. That move obviously failed to materialise, however.
The Daily Mail claims that the Brazilian has a £59 million release clause inserted into his contract with Real Sociedad.
The Guardian suggested at the end of January, however, that the La Liga outfit could be willing to sell him for less than half of that amount.
If West Ham avoid the drop, perhaps Willian Jose would be someone for them to revisit in the summer.
Or perhaps not…
Sky Sports claim that Barcelona have switched their attention to the South American after being given permission to make an emergency forward signing.
Jose has been incredibly consistent over the past four seasons in La Liga, scoring 12, 15, 11 and now eight goals so far this term (Transfermarkt).
In 22 league games, the Sociedad ace has averaged 1.9 shots and 0.4 key passes per outing (Who Scored). He stands at 6ft 3in, so seems to have the perfect build for the Premier League.
West Ham could really do with someone like the Sociedad ace. But with Barcelona allegedly in the running, it now seems almost an impossibility.