Aston Villa winger Jota was a target for Nottingham Forest back in January, according to reports, and it seems he is set to be on the market again.

The lively trickster was subject of interest from the Reds, Celtic and Fulham at the start of 2020 but opted to fight for his place at Villa Park.

Jota played a bit-part role under Dean Smith last season, playing in just 14 games in all competitions for the Villans.

Now, The Telegraph are reporting that the 29-year-old is one of several players who have been deemed surplus to requirements by Villa.

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Jota still has plenty to offer a club, particularly at Championship level and it will be interesting to see if Forest still hold an interest.

The Reds haven’t scored during their first two games of the 2020/21 campaign away at Barnsley in the Carabao Cup and QPR in the league.

It’s a fair suggestion to say that another winger might be sought by the club before the transfer window closes.

 

Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi were the usual wide options last season but beyond those two there wasn’t much else.

Options

Nuno Da Costa is still getting up to scratch with the demands of the Championship, whilst Alex Mighten is relatively raw when it comes to men’s football.

Jota has played for Brentford and Birmingham at Championship level and always looked a capable player.

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In 144 games in the second tier, he has 31 goals and 22 assists to his name and he could prove an asset to the right club.

Whether Forest pounce remains to be seen but Jota’s days at Villa do look numbered.

Jota earns £25,000-a-week at his current club but the lure of playing regular football once more might prove more desirable than the salary on offer.

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