With an option to purchase at the end of the season, Wolves completed the loan signing of Willian Jose from Real Sociedad.
On an initial six-month contract subject to securing a work permit and diplomatic clearance, Jose will transfer to Molineux and will be granted the No.12 shirt when he arrives in the West Midlands to join his new team-mates.
After seeing Raul Jimenez sidelined with a broken skull in November, Nuno Espirito Santo had been desperate to bring in a new striker, leaving him to call through the center with only an 18-year-old club-record signing Fabio Silva.
Jose will now compete with Silva in Wolves’ starting XI for a regular spot and may be in line to make his debut when they take a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Wednesday in the Premier League.
The Brazilian was the top scorer for Sociedad as they ended sixth last season in La Liga with 11 goals across 37 appearances to his credit.
In the first half of the 2020-21 season, he wasn’t quite as prolific for the Basque club, netting just three times in 13 outings, but he’ll bring more to Wolves than just goals.
Jose is a target man with his physical presence, which is just the kind of player that the Wanderers have been lacking since losing Jimenez, capable of taking others into action and occupying defenders.
Without the Mexican, Santo’s side has won just one of their last eight Premier League games, falling to 14th in the standings in the process.
Supporters will hope that Wolves will be able to help Jose avoid being pulled into a relegation dogfight and re-emerge as possible contenders for a European position, though they will now still dream of a run to the final of the FA Cup.
By beating Chorley 1-0 on Friday night, the Wanderers advanced to the fifth round, and can now look forward to a heavyweight tie against Southampton or Arsenal in the next stage of the competition.