Nottingham Forest were linked with a move to sign Benfica forward Jota during Sabri Lamouchi’s time in charge and yesterday he rocked up at Celtic. The versatile forward checked into Ange Postecoglou’s squad in a remarkable deadline day deal.
With time ticking towards the 11pm cut-off, the Hoops pulled out the stops. The famous Glaswegian side are desperate to deny Rangers another title and Jota looks like an exciting signing.
Arsenal and Tottenham have also been cited with interest in the past. Now, the 22-year-old will play in the Scottish Premiership for at least a season, signing for Celtic on a season-long loan.
Last season, the versatile forward was on loan with Real Valladolid. He made 18 appearances for the club, netting twice in games against Granada and Cantolagua.
Jota was in and out of the team though and that didn’t help him with regards to consistency. The youngster should now get a chance to shine under Postecoglou as he seeks to reshape his Celtic team.
Jota may have proved an ideal signing for Forest. He plays in a number of positions across the front three and possesses potential in abundance.
The man linked with a move to the Premier League in the past has played for Benfica too. He has scored two goals and registered three assists from 34 appearances.
Forest-linked Jota looks exciting capture for Celtic
The flamboyant player should thrive in Scotland. The league isn’t quite as demanding as the Championship and he’ll also sample a taste of playing in the Europa League.
This transfer will certainly be one for Forest to monitor. Celtic have included an option to buy the player. Should they wish to take up that option it will set the club back £6 million.
The Reds have had limited success with foreign imports in recent memory. Jota could have proved the one for Forest though and it’ll not be interesting to see how he gets on with Celtic.