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Willian Jose opens up on his failed transfer to Tottenham last year

In an interview with Sky Sports (h/t Birmingham Live), Wolves striker Willian Jose has revealed he came close to joining Tottenham Hotspur twelve months before he made the move to the Midlands outfit.

The 29-year-old Brazilian completed a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month, coming in as a replacement for the injured Raul Jimenez. Willian Jose joined the club from La Liga outfit Real Sociedad.

Tottenham Hotspur failed in an attempt to sign Willian Jose earlier this window

Tottenham Hotspur failed in an attempt to sign Willian Jose (Getty Images)

However, things could have been much different for the marksman as he has revealed that Tottenham had made an attempt to sign him twelve months ago. In fact, Jose also revealed that Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho had been in touch with the striker to convince him to make the jump.

But, Real Sociedad held firm and decided not to let go of the 29-year-old.

“I had an offer from them but Real Sociedad didn’t want to let me go. I saw the opportunity to play in the Premier League for a big team with a lot of big players. I had spoken with Mourinho and he had told me he wanted me there.

“I felt there was a possibility I was leaving so I asked Real Sociedad to be left out of a game against Espanyol. But in the end it didn’t happen and I stayed there for another year.”

Willian Jose joined Wolves last month (Getty Images)

Willian Jose joined Wolves last month (Getty Images)

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The 29-year-old had been a consistent, if not prolific, goalscorer for Real Sociedad. Bringing him in January last year, at a time when Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were both out with injuries could have worked well.

But, a move failed to materialise and he will now line up against us at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in May later this year.

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