Championship sides Middlesbrough and Hull City are in a tug of war to sign Brentford winger Jota, according to a report from today’s The Sun paper (page 50).
Garry Monk is clearly the hungrier of the two managers as Sky Sports revealed on their official Twitter account that Boro have already had a £4.5 million bid rejected for the player.
The 26-year-old made 21 appearances for Brentford from January till the end of the season after his return from Eibar, whom he was on loan with.
Those 21 appearances saw a return of 12 goals and five assists which made the Spaniard one of the most sought-after players in the division in the process.
Middlesbrough are apparently willing to go as high as £6 million while offering the player £35,000 a week in wages to get their man.
However, with the sale of Sam Clucas set to be completed soon, Hull may have the funds to lure Jota away from any potential move to Middlesbrough.
This would be a fantastic signing for both sides.
Both Middlesbrough and Hull find themselves underperforming so far this season with the clubs in ninth and 14th place respectively, they could both use some attacking creativity pumped into their side.
Who the player decides to join will most likely come down to the sale of Sam Clucas.
If Monk can get the deal done before Hull come into the money from selling their star man then he should face next to no competition.
However here at FLW, we would put Hull as strong favourites to land the player if a deal isn’t struck before the sale of Clucas.
They’ll have more money to play with and more money to offer the winger in wages.
What do you think Boro and Hull fans? Would you like to see Jota at your club? Let us know in the comments down below!