Wolverhampton Wanderers have identified Real Sociedad’s Willian José as a candidate to fill in the void left by Raúl Jiménez’s serious injury.

Nuno Espírito Santo will see his men take on lower league side Chorley in FA Cup later today.

In his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Wolves manager confirmed negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs for the 29-year-old’s transfer.

Earlier this week, La Real manager Imanol Alguacil stated the Brazilian will be included in the squad to face Real Betis on Saturday.

The Spanish club’s manager today appeared before the media to discuss the upcoming fixture and was asked about the Wolves target’s situation.

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“Willian José, there are negotiations in progress, he will not be in the call up [to face Betis] tomorrow. The negotiations are well advanced,” Alguacil said, as quoted by El Diario Vasco.

Real Sociedad want to replace Willian José with Sevilla’s Carlos Fernández. When discussing the latter, Alguacil once again stressed his side will soon be without the South American.

“Willian José… in this matter we have to be cautious. There are advanced negotiations, in the case of Carlos Fernández as well. But there is nothing signed. I am not going to make assessments. We will lose Willian tomorrow, but we will wait to assess the movements,” he explained.

Earlier today, we covered claims made by AS that Wolves have reached an agreement in principle with Real Sociedad for José.