Tottenham have gotten a boost in their search to seal a move for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose.
Spurs have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old this week for a measure to replace the wounded Harry Kane.
The England skipper was ruled out until April after undergoing surgery on his hamstring, and Jose is supposed to be interested in the change.
In an unexpected upgrade, the Brazilian appears to have refused to play before the Copa del Rey clash against Espanyol on Wednesday, as shown by the team before kick-off.
Lobete enters the list rather than Willian Jose.
“The forward has asked the Club to remain out until his position is clarified.”
AS had reported earlier in the afternoon that even though the forwards has a release clause of under #60m, Spurs may not have to pay that much if an agreement is reached.
They also say that Jose will go to the English capital on Wednesday or Thursday morning to meet with the club to finalise terms.
When asked about any possible incoming deals to get a striker before this week, Spurs’ boss Jose Mourinho admitted his side was lacking something.
He explained: “To do something you need to do something that’s good for our future also, not just great for tomorrow.
“Something that’s good for the future also and of course the club is extremely conscious of it and the club is quite dedicated of course, but we want to do something that’s right by each point of you.
“So I don’t talk about other players from other clubs about things that can happen or not happen because that is not me and that is not how Tottenham operate too
“But we want to determine if any good opportunities arise.”
Before adding: “The team is playing OK, and regardless of we do not have that killer which guarantees you a certain quantity of goals without playing that guy that’s fantastic from the box, that retains the ball under pressure, that’s great in the air.
“We do not have that profile of participant but we could do it.
“It is harder when we start losing. It’s harder when a team is super close then it is more challenging for us with no target man but we’re working and we did it despite 3 days between games.”