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West Ham rival Newcastle for Brentford attacker Jota

West Ham are eyeing Brentford attacker Jota.

The Mirror says Newcastle and West Ham are locked in a bitter battle for Jota.

The two clubs are squaring off over the Spanish playmaker who has just one season left to run on his contract at Griffin Park.

Jota, 26, is seen as a ball-player who will add quality to both teams going forward — and rival bosses Rafael Benitez and Slaven Bilic have different reasons for pursuing the deal.

Toon chief Benitez still believes he is short of quality in areas that can make a difference for his promoted Magpies.

He is hoping his compatriot will see the potential to become a household name on football-mad Tyneside.

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