West Ham installed huge bookies favourites to sign right-winger
By Harry Sykes
West Ham are the runaway favourites to sign Brentford right-winger Jota this summer, according to the latest bookmaker odds.
SkyBet priced the Hammers at 5/4 on Friday afternoon to sign the Spanish attacking midfielder before the transfer window shuts next month.
They are priced far shorter than rival clubs, with Newcastle (6/1), Middlesbrough (18/1), Wolves (20/1), Burnley and Derby (both 25/1) lagging a long way behind in the betting.
Brentford are said to value Jota at £8million after his excellent form in the second half of last season.
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He scored 12 goals and supplied five assists in 21 Championship appearances following his return in January from an 18-month loan spell at La Liga outfit Eibar that was abruptly ended after the second-tier club exercised their recall option.
He made just seven appearances for Eibar in the first half of the 2016/17 campaign, but had no such struggles with Brentford as he averaged more than a goal every other game in the Championship.
Jota has a year remaining on his contract with the London club, where his 68 league appearances have yielded an impressive 23 goals and eight assists.
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