Newcastle United are attempting to land attacking midfielder Jota.

Signed by Brentford from Celta Vigo as a 22 year old in summer 2014, the Spaniard initially thrived under then Manager Mark Warburton and scored 11 Championship goals and grabbed three assists in 2014/15.

However, he then became unsettled, primarily for family reasons, so was allowed to go back to Spain and joined Eibar (the club where alleged Newcastle target Florian Lejeune plays) on an 18 month loan.

Due to limited game time in La Liga, Jota was recalled by Brentford in January and was thrown back into Championship action, starting off with a substitute appearance against Newcastle when the Magpies won 2-1 away from home. Jota introduced for the final 10 minutes after Daryl Murphy scored what proved to be the winner.

The second half of the season saw Jota score a remarkable 12 goals from midfield, plus five assists, despite only starting 19 Championship matches (plus two appearances off the bench).

With only a year left on his contract, Brentford are keen to sell Jota but Sky Sports claim that if they don’t get their valuation matched (said to be £8m), they won’t let the player leave.

The broadcaster report that as well as Newcastle, both Everton and West Ham are interested also, whilst Burnley and Swansea sent scouts to watch the attacking midfielder towards the end of last season.

Jota turns 26 on Friday and is another for the (ever expanding) notebook.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Bet he`ll take the premiership by storm

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  • superalansuddick

    Would it not be quicker, simpler, and easier to inform us of the player`s we are not interested in signing.

    • HarryHype59

      OK forget anyone costing overt 15m.

  • 1957

    It shows where we are in the pecking order when a Chelsea reserve, has doubts about joining us and we’re always supposedly haggling over fees or looking at guys like this.

    I see Everton have had an offer of £30m accepted for the mackem keeper…seems like we’re poor relations in the league, the result of 10 wonderful years of mismanagement

    • HarryHype59

      All true Alas, the reality of Fatman’s regime is all too obvious. All of the targets mentioned are bargain basement players.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        add to that Bournemouth willing to pay JT a 100 grand a week
        we are what Fatso dictates & that means buying more Tat

    • Taz

      Everton also offered 30 mill for the ex toon never has been last year and look how he turned out. 30 mill what a joke! I could be wrong but I read that he let in 69 goals last season.

      • 1957

        I agree £30m is over the top, but he is a good goalkeeper. The 69 goals were conceded playing for a team who allowed the second most shots on target in the league and he saved just over 50% of attempts, which puts him in the top 10 goalkeepers in the PL. Given Jose has just signed a goalkeeper for £35m who hasn’t played in England the price probably going to be par for a young goalkeeper.

        The real point is Everton can splash that amount on a keeper, we are allegedly looking at overpriced Championship midfielders

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Dont believe a word of any of it until Rafa says they have signed. I don’t think the press have a clue who we are interested in.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      looks like Rafa knows as much about what`s going on as we do mate

  • Mrkgw

    With respect, never heard of him and so, an unknown entity as far as I’m concerned. £8m……never!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Costa`s looking for a short term 6 month deal, snap him up. ha ha ha

  • Kazie

    I say get him in…as we desperately need a new CAM…
    His Spanish and is the type of playmaker that will suit both the premier league and Rafa’s system.

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    I wasn’t expecting fireworks this summer but I find myself exceptionally underwhelmed by the players we have been ‘linked’ with so far.

    • HarryHype59

      Me too! When is Rafa going to spend the 100m Ashley has given him? Ironic laugh.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I’m hoping that 95% of the players we’ve been linked with this summer is just a smoke screen- I really thought Rafa would want a few quality players this season- can’t believe that he’s seriously after some of these players- especially the garbage that comes out of the Chringicle. What Chris waugh knows about Newcastle you could fit into a fleas p**spot and still have room for the p**s. Offering Gouffran another contact and that joker Abraham mulling over Brighton or us has kind of set the scene for me. EARLY days still but the signs arnt good- on the flip side the big boys have yet to do their business so we’ll be fighting over the scraps soon I expect. Howay Rafa- we’re all on tenterhooks here.

    • HarryHype59

      He doesn’t have the money to bring in quality players costing 20m plus. Viva la Rafalution!

    • 1957

      I suppose since SloMo will still be here the scraps might actually be an improvement. A lot of these links are agent driven and the media lap up the false news. Sadly hidden in there will be some real targets…