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Brentford boss Smith says only 'massive bid' will land West Ham, Newcastle target Jota

Brentford boss Dean Smith says Jota will only leave for big money this summer.

Jota was left out of the matchday squad for the Bees' first friendly of pre-season at Aldershot.

At least one bid from a Premier League side is expected shortly for the 26-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of next season and has been linked to Newcastle and West Ham, says the London Evening Standard.

"I had a chat with Jota yesterday," Smith said. "His agent has told him that there is a bid imminent from a Premier League team and it has to be a massive bid.

"He and his representatives know that. His affection for the football club is second to none.

"He won't go to a Championship team because, it sounds corny, but like John Terry he doesn't want to play against Brentford.

"We understand that the Premier League is where a lot of young footballers want to play now and our aim is to get there.

"He's been no problem at all. He's happy to play for Brentford, if nothing comes that is acceptable to the football club."

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