26 year-old Spanish playmaker Jota (full name – Jose Ignacio Peleteiro Ramallo) is ready to play in the next friendly against Oxford, after the bid they were expecting simply did not happen.
The Spaniard missed the 5-1 win at Aldershot over a week ago because the club had been expecting a bid for the transfer of their midfield playmaker, who had an excellent second half of last season.
That was after he spent the first half of last season on loan at Spanish Club Eibar.
26 year-old Spanish playmaker Jota
Brentford head coach Dean Smith also did not play him yesterday at FC Lausanne-Sport in France (1-1 draw) and said this after the game:
“If nobody comes in with this imminent bid, which we were told about, he will be available for the Oxford United game. We have had that chat and he will be happy to do so.”
Jota wants a move to the Premier League and Newcastle are said to be interested in signing the player – so we don’t know if the club who are supposed to be making the move for him is in fact Newcastle.
West Ham, Everton, Swansea, and Burnley are the other Premier League clubs who have been interested in the player this summer.
It’s hardly surprising the Bees would like to keep him at Brentford for next season.
Jota was on loan at Spanish club Eibar during almost the whole of 2016, but returned to Brentford at the end of last year and he was simply brilliant when in the last five months of the Championship season Jota seemed to come alive to score 12 goals and lay on five assists in 21 total appearances for the Bees.
Jota now has just one year left on his contract, but if Rafa is close to signing him then the manager must think he can make the big step up to the very tough Premier League.
Jota was signed by Brentford in the summer of 2014 from Celta Vigo on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee – and that contract included a one year option, which was taken up by the Bees.
In August of 2015, he suffered damaged ankle ligaments in the opening game of the season against Ipswich – and was out of action until that December.
In January of 2016, he left on loan to Eibar until June 2017 due to personal reasons – and missing his family was the main reason for his return to Spain.
He has now played 74 games for Brentford with 23 goals and 9 assists – and while at Eibar on loan a couple of times in 2013-2014 and then in 2016 he played a total of 57 times and scored 11 goals with 3 assists for them.
He would be a decent enough signing for Newcastle at £8M.
What do you think?