Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Jota in 2019 and now he’s set to sign permanently for Celtic, according to the Daily Record.

The Portuguese magician has enjoyed a brilliant maiden campaign in Scotland, helping the Hoops to the league title.

Jota is likely to cost Celtic around £6.5 million and a deal should be completed in the coming days.

The youngster was a bit of a coup for Ange Postecoglou during the summer transfer window, with Celtic landing him from Benfica.

Jota set for Celtic
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Jota was with the Portuguese giants when Sabri Lamouchi showed a keen interest in bringing him to the City Ground.

The 23-year-old scored 13 goals and registered 14 assists during his maiden campaign playing in Scotland.

Jota has showcased his brilliance under Postecoglou and it’s no surprise that Celtic are moving to secure his long-term future.

Forest might have missed a trick.

Jota is now at the age where he will start to kick on as a player and at Celtic, he will now taste the experience of the Champions League.

Forest rivalled Fulham for his signature three years ago, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

As a result, there could be a few English clubs now kicking themselves that they didn’t move for Jota.

Celtic set to sign Jota and he’d have been brilliant for Forest

The Reds wanted the winger on loan three years ago from Benfica.

At the time it was well documented that he had a £30 million release clause in his contract.

That wasn’t really an indication of anything other than the Portuguese side rating him extremely highly. All players in Portugal are required to have a release clause as a mandatory requirement.

Jota set for Celtic
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Jota could have been a really useful signing.

Of course, it’s all theoretical but under Steve Cooper, he could have thrived.

The Reds head coach has a proud history of nurturing young talent and Jota might have been a real Forest star.

Forest’s loss has proved to be Celtic’s gain.

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