Bid made for Spanish attacker on West Ham and Newcastle radar - Sky Sports
By Danny Wright
Championship title contenders Middlesbrough have made the first move in the pursuit to sign Brentford attacker Jota, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Wednesday [12:42pm] that Boro had an offer worth £4.5million with add-ons rejected by Brentford.
It is understood that Newcastle and West Ham also have Jota, 26, on their radar, as well as Everton, Brighton, Newcastle, Hull and Derby.
The Spanish attacker is currently in the final year of his contract at Griffin Park and Brentford are said to have received several enquiries from teams over the past few days.
Jota spent the first half of last season on loan at Eibar in Spain, before he returned to London in January and went on to score an impressive 12 goals for the Championship side while playing mostly on the right wing.
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West Ham and Newcastle have both been looking to make considerable changes to their squad this summer with Rafa Benitez recently confessing that he is frustrated by the lack of movement he has been able to make in the current transfer window.
Football Insider Verdict
Jota would be a good addition for both West Ham and Newcastle, but it seems that they aren’t as eager to sign him as Middlesbrough, who have not been afraid to splash the cash this summer following their relegation from the Premier League. Jota would be a cheap purchase for a top-flight team but it may be worth waiting until January before making a move for him, as his price will only drop further if he fails to agree a new deal with Brentford. Jota is likely to know about this interest from the top-flight and that could see him run down his contract. Whatever he decides to do, he is likely to not be a Brentford player come next summer.
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