Exclusive – NUFC and West Ham set to battle it out for the signing of Championship playmaker

Newcastle United are locked in a battle with West Ham to sign Brentford star Jota according to the club’s official media parter The Mirror.

The playmaker bagged an impressive 12 goals and 5 assists in just 21 appearances for Brentford last season and with just one year left to run on his contract at Griffin Park, he could be available at a cut-price fee.

This is not the first time Jota’s name has been mentioned this summer, and having watched him a few times in the Championship last season, I believe the Spaniard is a player who be capable of making the step up.

The 26-year-old, formerly at Celta Vigo and Real Madrid B, can play on the right hand side of midfield or as a number 10 and The Mirror claim that Benitez hopes to persuade his compatriot to join the Magpies, believing Jota has the ability to become a household name on Tyneside.

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan – he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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