Sam Allardyce is believed to have made a new striker his main priority heading into next month’s transfer window, with a lack of depth in the department a major concern.
Big money summer signing Andy Carroll has been absent through injury since turning he temporary move from Liverpool into a permanent one, while the likes of Modibo Maiga and Carlton Cole have failed to convince ‘Big Sam’ that they are capable of providing the burly hit-man with adequate support once he’s fit.
As a result he is thought to be scouring Europe for potential addition, and has made Jese a top target.
The 20-year-old is currently some way down the pecking order at the Bernabeu, which has limited his playing time.
It is thought that the La Liga giants are keen to see their talented youngster gain more experience, which could open the door for a loan move to Upton Park.
Jese is highly-rated in his homeland, and has been a part of Spain’s impressive U-21 set-up since making his debut earlier this year.