West Ham have seven-figure bid turned down for Spanish attacker - report
By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have had a seven-figure bid turned down by English Championship club Brentford for attacker Jota, according to a report.
Read West Ham have claimed on their website that the Hammers had launched an opening £3million offer for the 26-year-old Spanish right-winger, who has entered the final year of his contract.
However, the Bees are said to be holding out for a fee closer to £8million, despite personal terms between West Ham and Jota being settled as well as the playing wanting the move himself.
It is detailed that the east Londoners are now expected to launch a second offer and that the club believe a deal can be reached closer to a figure of £6million.
Jota has been a part of the Brentford team for three years after making the move from Celta Vigo in the summer of 2014 for an undisclosed fee.
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He has since starred for the club in an attacking midfield position, returning 23 goals and eight assists in 75 matches in total.
Football Insider verdict:
Jota is a very talented player in the Championship and has shown signs that he can make the step up to the Premier League, but given his lack of experience in England’s top-flight West Ham should steer clear of shelling out too much for his signature. In this day and age however £3million to £8million is not considered too much and the Hammers can certainly afford that. Therefore, if Slaven Bilic’s side can negotiate a fee within that range then they should certainly consider making a move.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are handing a trial to a international forward.