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West Ham Gossip: Jota’s Self-Sacrifice as Hammers Pursue Another CM

West Ham Gossip: Jota’s Self-Sacrifice as Hammers Pursue Another CM

West Ham United have been quite proactive in the 2024 January transfer window in the attempt to bolster their chances of competing strongly for the UEFA Europa League title this season.

The Hammers are still alive in the European competition and have a realistic chance at a top-6 finish in the Premier League this campaign too.

David Moyes was able to accommodate the signing of Kalvin Phillips on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season, adding some much-needed depth and steel to his midfield line.

But it doesn’t appear that the London side’s transfer business is yet over in the winter window.

It was recently reported that West Ham have agreed personal terms with Portuguese winger Jota over a potential transfer before the winter transfer deadline. Now, it’s upon the Hammers to finalize the details with Al Ittihad for the signing of the ex-Celtic star.

However, West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh have now revealed the sacrifice that Jota is ready to make to make this deal.

It has been reported that Al Ittihad expected the Hammers to be ready to pay the entirety of Jota’s £200,000-a-week wages if they wanted to sign him on loan.

West Ham were not ready to accommodate that kind of wages for a loanee, but the Portuguese winger is so keen on the transfer that he is ready to accept a pay cut to join them before the transfer deadline day (on February 1).

For the time being, Moyes’ side are stuck in negotiations with the Saudi Pro League side to get this deal finalized quickly.

With that being said, Jota is not the only rumoured target that West Ham seems to have an interest in signing before the transfer deadline.

It is now being reported by German outlet BILD that West Ham are also interested in signing another midfielder and are pursuing the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus.

Neuhaus is also attracting interest from Aston Villa and Bundesliga club Stuttgart over a possible January transfer. The 27-year-old, who has earned 10 caps with Germany, is a hard-working player who can play anywhere in midfield – be it as a no.6, a no.8 or even in an attacking role.

The German midfielder has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Monchengladbach this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists.

Moyes doesn’t seem fully satisfied with just the signing of Phillips, who can also play as a no.6 or no.8, and is pursuing the signing of another versatile midfielder to add more depth and quality in his midfield line.