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Newcastle looking to sign former Real Madrid striker reports – Dubious

5 years ago

Reports on Sunday that Newcastle are looking to sign former Real Madrid striker Willian Jose.

The striker is only 25 but has already had an interesting career.

The Brazilian forward played for a number of clubs in his own country, including Pele’s former club Santos.

In January 2014 he was signed up by Real Madrid on a six month contract so they could have a look at him and after impressing in the reserve side, he made one first team appearance in La Liga as a substitute in a 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo.

That then got him noticed in Spanish football and when Real Madrid didn’t offer Willian Jose a new contract, he was signed up by Real Zaragoza on a one year deal and scored 10 goals in the Spanish second tier.

Despite Zaragoza missing out on promotion in the play-offs, the Brazilian striker did go up to La Liga as he agreed a one year deal with newly promoted Las Palmas and scored another nine goals in 19 La Liga starts (plus 11 as a sub).

This then leading to a five year deal with current club Real Sociedad, another nine goals in 21 league starts (plus 1 as sub) have helped the Spanish club into eighth in La Liga and suggest that Willian Jose is capable of moving on to a higher level again.

However, claims today by the Sunday People that he would carry a £25m price tag seem well over the top.

Little doubt that Spain will be somewhere that Rafa Benitez will be targeting this summer when strengthening his squad but with so much Premier League money floating about it will make it very unlikely that real bargains can be had.

However, so long as Rafa is backed to a decent degree by Mike Ashley, no reason to believe that the United boss can’t deliver when it comes to bringing in the right players, from home or abroad.

First things first though and let’s get this promotion out of the way as soon as possible.


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