The Independent confirmed today that Tottenham have revitalized their interest in signing Real Sociedad’s Willian José before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Tottenham, who offered a paltry £10 million, undercut severely Real Sociedad’s valuation of their discontent Brazilian forward. The Spanish club has thus far remained steadfast, unwilling to accept Tottenham’s original bid. Daniel Levy will have to increase that bid substantially to win Sociedad over.
They are demanding about £21 million for the alienated front man, who has no intention of staying in Spain. He was left out of the squad last week for their Copa Del Rey match versus Espanyol. Many pundits reckon his tenure has run its course with Sociedad. He will almost certainly join Spurs if the north London club ups the financial ante. But there is no way Sociedad will accept anything less than £18 million.
However, Spurs, considering Jose’s new-found distaste for his club, are in a strong negotiating position. If Sociedad don’t accept Spurs new bid, they’ll have a rogue player who isn’t interested in committing to the cause. That could turn the dressing room and cause widespread malcontent within Sociedad’s ranks.
Hopefully Levy makes one more substantial push to sign the 28-year-old. Tottenham, after their bid to sign Piatek went south, is still in need of another front man, and Jose has enough of an upside for Spurs to accept the £20 million risk.
Steven Bergwijn’s arrival in north London will alleviate some stress at Hotspur Way, but there is no time to rest on any laurels with the transfer deadline beckoning.