We have been linked with Brentford attacking midfielder Jota over the last month or so but he’s probably not been one of our top targets – but things have changed after we have missed out on a number of our top targets.
The Mirror is now reporting that Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez is again interested in signing the Spanish attacking midfielder.
Jota appeared 23 times this year for the Bees after returning from a loan spell with Eibar in Spain, and he scored a terrific 12 goals and had 5 assists in the second half of the season for his Championship club.
We all are well aware that Rafa is frustrated with the lack of quality players coming through the door at Newcastle this summer, but the manager is still hoping to get three good players in this month to augment his Premier League squad.
The 26-year-old Spanish playmaker has one year left on his Brentford contract so the hope at Newcastle is we can get him in permanently at a fairly reasonable fee – unlike some other players available this summer.
Jota was on loan at Spanish club Eibar during almost the whole of 2016 but returned to Brentford at the end of last year.
Jota was signed by Brentford back 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 ankle ligament damage in the opening game of the season against Ipswich – and was out of action until that December.
Jota 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 games and scored 11 goals with 3 assists for them.
West Ham is also after this player.
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