TalkSPORT’s Alex Crook has claimed that Wolverhampton Wanderers will loan out Patrick Cutrone again if Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose comes in.
Back at the end of November, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull after a clash with Arsenal defender David Luiz (as per BBC).
However, it has been claimed in recent days that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side is closing in on a deal to sign Willian Jose from Real Sociedad on loan with an option to purchase (per Joe Edwards).
In a recent transfer news video shared on TalkSPORT’s YouTube page, Crook discussed the impending signing of the Brazilian and claimed it would have implications for Cutrone.
He said: “They are in the hunt for a striker and that striker is a Brazilian by the name of Willian Jose [on] a loan deal from Real Sociedad for the rest of the season with the option to buy.
“A permanent fee of between €15-20m. This is a player who’s attracted interest from Tottenham in the past, he actually scored [on Wednesday] in the Copa del Rey.
“The deal won’t go through, it won’t be ratified, until next week as it’s subject to the new Brexit work permit regulations.
“My understanding is that Wolves weren’t planning to bring in a striker but they felt they had to act given their slide down the table.
“They did recall Patrick Cutrone from his loan spell in Italy to cover for Jimenez. Once this deal for Willian Jose goes through, my understanding is he will be sent back out on loan to Italy.”
TIF Thoughts on what Alex Crook said about Patrick Cutrone…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, it seems that if the Brazilian forward comes in on loan, then the Italian striker will depart on loan.
Who would you rather have playing up front for Wolves?
On the face of it, it would seem as though the Old Gold are trading up from Cutrone to Willian Jose, however, neither player has been overly prolific this season.
Across Serie A and the Premier League, the Italian frontman has neither bagged a goal nor provided an assist in 13 appearances (per WhoScored).
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad’s striker has found the back of the net on only three occasions over 13 outings in La Liga.
So, while he has bagged more goals than Cutrone has this season, the 29-year-old Brazilian has not been all that prolific in Spain.