West Ham are “advancing” on a deal to sign Jota from Saudi club Al-Ittihad, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.
The Hammers are looking to sign a new attacker this month and they have been heavily linked with a move for FC Nordsjælland youngster Ibrahim Osman. However, there is a gap in valuation between the two clubs, and the deal has stalled at the moment.
West Ham have shifted their attention towards signing Jota and the Portuguese attacker could be set for a return to the United Kingdom.
According to Santi Aouna, the Hammers have reached an agreement to sign the 24-year-old, and “positive” talks are talking place between the two clubs. There is an expectation that a deal could be reached shortly.
The former Celtic player is waiting for the green light from the clubs to travel to undergo his medical.
Jota was a hero at Celtic but he left the club last summer to join the Saudi outfit in an eye-catching deal. However, his move to the Middle East has not gone to plan.
He managed just 11 games in all competitions for Al-Ittihad since joining from Celtic last year and the Saudi club are now ready to let him go.
Tottenham were previously linked with a move for Jota, mainly because of Ange Postecoglou connection, but it seems West Ham are in driving seat to land him before the deadline.
He will probably regret his move to Al-Ittihad, but a move to London Stadium could revive his career. David Moyes is doing a great job at West Ham, and the Hammers are enjoying a fantastic campaign. He can make a big contribution in the second half of the campaign.
Jota was one of Celtic’s best players and if he can recapture his old form, the decision to sign him will be vindicated.
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