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Tottenham step up interest in 24-year-old Saudi league star available on loan

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Tottenham Hotspur step up interest in Al-Ittihad star Jota

Tottenham Hotspur have apparently stepped up their interest in signing Al-Ittihad’s Jota, who formerly played for Celtic under Ange Postecoglou.

According to the Times (Subscription Required), Jota has been unable to play regularly for Al-Ittihad because of a rule that limits a team from having more than eight foreigners in their team.

His last league appearance came in September but he has started in their last three AFC Champions League games, including the latest 0-0 draw at home against Persepolis. He is also believed to be available on loan.

Jota of Al-Ittihad.
Jota of Al-Ittihad. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

He has been a terrible piece of business for Al-Ittihad, now because he isn’t a good player, but because they somehow planned their transfer strategy in a way where they exceeded the eight-foreigners limit. Truly strange.

A reunion on the cards?

He cost them £25million as well. Spurs, meanwhile, need cover. Ivan Perisic seems to be out for the rest of the season and that could also spell the end of his career at Tottenham.

Manor Solomon is also out with a knee injury until the end of the year. Son Heung-min has been shifted to play centrally in Harry Kane’s absence.

Ange Postecoglou rejected the opportunity to bring Jota to Tottenham Hotspur.
Jota was a star for Ange Postecoglou at Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And things have been made worse by James Maddison and Richarlison’s injuries. A loan move for the 24-year-old Portuguese would, hence, make a lot of sense for Spurs.

He can provide temporary cover down the left flank and won’t set us back by a big margin which could have been the case had we wanted to buy him permanently. He has also played under Postecoglou before, which is a big bonus.

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He had 28 goals and 26 assists in 83 games playing for Celtic under the Australian-Greek manager and made himself a star in Scotland before getting a move to Al-Ittihad.

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