In Focus: Newcastle move would be best for Brentford star Jota

According to reports on West London Sport, Everton, Newcastle United and West Ham United are all interested in signing £8m-rated Brentford playmaker Jota this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Spaniard has just a year remaining on his Bees contract and the club is open to talking to the 25-year-old about extending it following a brilliant personal end to the Championship campaign.

However, if the player isn’t willing to sign a new deal the west London outfit will look to sell him for £8m, which is said to have alerted the interest of the aforementioned Premier League trio.

If no suitor is willing to match that fee, Brentford would likely keep the player into the final year of his contract, rather than selling him on the cheap.

How good was he in the second half of the season?

He was brilliant.

Jota moved back to Spain with Eibar on an 18-month loan deal in January 2016 after growing unsettled with life in England, and it looked set to be the end of his Brentford career.

However, he returned back at Griffin Park early after struggling to break into the starting line-up for the La Liga outfit and the Spaniard quickly made a big impact.

The 25-year-old scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 21 Championship appearances to prove how effective he can be.

What is his preferred position?

While he can play as an attacking midfielder, behind the striker or on the left wing, Brentford have usually used Jota on the right wing, to great effect.

Would he be a good Premier League signing?

It’s difficult to say.

While he clearly has something about him, it would be difficult to see Jota having a regular spot in the starting line-up at Everton or West Ham, where he would most likely be up against Michail Antonio.

That said, his versatility make him an attractive proposition and a move to Newcastle to work with Spanish compatriot Rafa Benitez seems the most likely move.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite Jota’s impressive form for Brentford in 2017 there will be worries that he was unsettled enough to leave and return to Spain just 18 months ago.

Of the three Premier League clubs interested, a move to Newcastle to link up with Benitez seems the most likely, if he is willing to stump up the £8m needed to get the 25-year-old.