According to the Birmingham Mail, Sheffield United are keen on signing Birmingham winger Jota amid the Blues’ Financial Fair Play issues. However, if any deal goes get off the ground for the 27-year-old, Leeds must be ready to hijack it to bring Jota to Elland Road.
Jota, who is valued at £4.05m by Transfermarkt, joined Birmingham in the summer of 2017 from Brentford for a club-record fee of over £6m. Last season, the Spanish winger scored five times and provided five assists in the Championship as the Blues finished in 19th place.
Although these stats hardly set the league alight, during this campaign Jota has already recorded four assists and one goal in just 13 Championship appearances and the Birmingham Mail reports that he remains an integral part of Garry Monk’s plans.
Of course, the Blues will try desperately to keep one of their most creative players, but they may be forced to sell in January if more comes of the Financial Fair Play regulations that meant Monk was banned from signing players for the majority of the summer.
With Sheffield United starting the season brilliantly it seems as though the top two spots could be fought out between the Blades, Middlesbrough, West Bromwich Albion and Leeds, but it is the Elland Road outfit who must challenge United if they do target a deal for Jota.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men started the season brilliantly but took a huge step backwards while Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe specifically were out injured. Although both players are now back the Argentine boss still has an extremely small squad and any further injuries could see them miss out on promotion at the end of the campaign.
Jota then would be a fantastic option and could be deployed in any of the three attacking midfield positions behind a single striker. If Leeds are serious about a promotion push this year they will need to invest in January and Birmingham could well be needing the money.
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