Tottenham transfer news: Willian Jose final January window target with Olivier Giroud move unlikely

Exclusive: Real Sociedad are braced for a second, improved offer for striker Willian Jose

Luke Brown
Thursday 30 January 2020 08:06
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January transfer window 2020 round-up

Tottenham Hotspur are poised to revitalise their interest in Real Sociedad striker Willian José in the next 48 hours as the club attempt to make one final signing ahead of the January transfer window deadline.

Spurs have already signed Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica and Steven Bergwijn in a £27m deal from PSV, while earlier this week they made Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move from Real Betis permanent for £27.2m.

However, José Mourinho is desperate for Tottenham to round off their window by signing a new striker, given that Harry Kane is expected to miss the rest of the 2019/20 campaign having undergone surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.

And The Independent understands that Spurs are likely to make a second offer for Willian José, having already had an introductory offer of £10m rejected by Sociedad.

The 28-year-old Brazilian has made no secret of his desire to move to north London and was last night left out of the club’s 3-1 home win over Osasuna despite having been named as part of the matchday squad on Tuesday.

Sociedad had initially demanded £21m for the striker — who has a release clause of £58.8m — but may be willing to lower their demands given his reluctance to play for the club since Tottenham’s interest was made public.

It is understood that a deal for 33-year-old Olivier Giroud is incredibly unlikely given Chelsea’s reluctance to strengthen one of their direct rivals for a Champions League place next term.

Meanwhile Krzysztof Piątek — who Spurs have been persistent linked with this window — is today expected to complete a £22.8m move from AC Milan to Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin.

Elsewhere, Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign full-back Danny Rose on loan for the rest of the season.

Rose, 29, has made just five appearances since Mourinho became manager in November and has long been open to a move back north, having started his professional career at Leeds United.

Kyle Walker-Peters also departs the club on loan, joining Southampton for the remainder of the season.

Tottenham’s attempts to find midfielder Victor Wanyama a new club meanwhile remain unsuccessful.

Daniel Levy has been holding out for a fee in the region of £10m for the 28-year-old, who is in the final 18 months of his contract and has made just one appearance since Mourinho’s arrival.

Former club Celtic are understood to have a longstanding interest in bringing Wanyama back to the Scottish Premiership, but his £62,000-per-week wages plus Levy’s exceedingly optimistic valuation have deterred the club from making an offer.

Spurs previously agreed a £13m deal for Wanyama to join Belgian side Club Brugge last summer, only for the player to veto the move.

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