Newcastle have entered the race to sign Jota in January but the player is said to prefer a move to Tottenham instead.
That’s according to 90min which claims that the winger is on the radar of both the clubs ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
The Portuguese winger has encountered challenges in Saudi Arabia since his move in the summer due to squad complications.
This came from the club’s influx of foreign players exceeding the Saudi Pro League quota, consequently sidelining him from the SPL squad.
As per 90min, signing a new winger is one of the priorities for Spurs with Jota high up on their list of potential targets.
The report further claims that while Spurs were interested in the possibility of signing him on a free transfer in the event that his contract was terminated, they would still consider a deal so long as Al Ittihad’s price tag isn’t excessively high.
But it adds that Newcastle have entered the race to sign him after their recent injury troubles.
Jacob Murphy, Harvey Barnes and Miguel Almiron are all out injured which could force Newcastle to make necessary signings in January.
Signing Jota could be an easier option for Newcastle considering both the clubs are owned by the Saudi PIF.
Despite Newcastle’s interest, 90min’s report indicates Jota’s inclination toward a move to Spurs.
The player is seemingly drawn to Tottenham due to his previous association with manager Ange Postecoglou during their time together at Celtic.
Dean Jones termed the potential transfer a ‘no-brainer,’ citing Jota’s prolific spell under Postecoglou at Celtic, where he scored 28 goals and provided 26 assists in 83 appearances.
With Son facing a potential absence of up to six weeks during the AFC Asian Cup in January and Richarlison’s inconsistent form, Jota could emerge as an impactful signing for Spurs, potentially bolstering their attacking prowess.