Wolverhampton Wanderers made just the one signing in the winter transfer window.

The club moved to sign Willian Jose on loan from Real Sociedad to provide more adequate cover for Raul Jimenez, who is currently sidelined after fracturing his skull against Arsenal in November.

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The decision was made with Wolves looking toothless up top in the Mexican’s absence, with Fabio Silva looking promising but lacking that ruthlessness and experience.

Jose has made a great start to life at Molineux, and it looks as though he’ll be a pretty good addition for Nuno Espirito Santo.

Wolves did reportedly look at other options before the Brazilian, with the Mirror claiming Olivier Giroud and Divock Origi were both considered.

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Liverpool striker Origi is a player who has been linked with a move to Wolves before (The Athletic, December 2020).


Minutes are hard to come by for the Belgian international at Anfield, and he is largely reduced to cameo appearances.

He has not shown a great deal this term, and last night he struggled to offer anything in the shock defeat to Brighton at Anfield, with The Liverpool Echo giving his performance a 4/10 rating, and describing him as ‘barely involved and not exactly encouragingly so when he was’.

Wolves right to steer clear

The £50,000-a-week player (Spotrac) has had some great moments in the red of Liverpool in the last couple of years, but there are genuine questions about whether Origi can actually cut it consistently in the Premier League.

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His lack of minutes probably don’t help him build up any kind of momentum, but his showing against Brighton last night really was a suggestion that he may not be good enough in this division.

That Wolves overlooked the 25-year-old and instead plumped for Jose is looking like a great play from Wolves, with the 29-year-old already looking well suited to the team.

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