Middlesbrough are expected to up their offer for Brentford midfielder Jota after having an initial £4.5 million bid rejected.
THe 26-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Bees, but the London club are holding out for a fee of around £8 million.
Jota has been a pivotal figure in Brentford’s progress over the past few seasons, scoring 23 goals in 77 appearances for the club.
Brentford want Jota to sign a new deal at Griffin Park, but if he does leave they would rather not sell to a Championship rival.
West Ham, Newcastle and Brighton have all been linked with a move for the player, but Middlesbrough are the only club to table a bid.
Sportslens takes a look at the reaction to Middlesbrough’s opening offer for Jota.
Jota & Flint would be incredible signings to end the window & both would add goals to our squad.
You have one job @boro so get it done.
— Hutchy 72 (@brucierioch) August 23, 2017
Very disrespectful initial bid by Boro for Jota.
— Graeme Bandeira (@GraemeBandeira) August 23, 2017
We value Jota at £8-9 million yet Boro bid £4.5 million & coming back with £6 million ?♂️?♂️ they just don't get it do they
— Mark ツ?⚪️ (@markjamess13) August 23, 2017
Jota will be a class signing for Boro.
— ??. (@Simply_Ilori) August 23, 2017
Would love to see #Boro sign Jota, a clever, technical little player who would add to creativity. CB surely more pressing though?
— James Owain Franklin (@JOwainFranklin) August 23, 2017
Assombolgla, Traore,Jota and Braithwaite is one hell of a front 4
— SupportRealMadrid (@EmpowerMadrid) August 23, 2017
— Simon Leigh © (@Clarkie615) August 23, 2017