Linked with Ibrox move, Warburton claimed ‘tremendous’ Rangers target Jota was worth £8m in August

Reports from The Scottish Sun this weekend claimed that Rangers are hoping to land Eibar playmaker Jota – and manager Mark Warburton is certainly a huge fan of the player.

The Gers have suffered a number of blows in midfield, as Joey Barton has been released from his contract after a turbulent time at Ibrox, Niko Krancjar is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, whilst summer additions Matt Crooks and Jordan Rossiter have suffered niggling injury blows.

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Now, manager Warburton is expected to make a move for a playmaker in January, and The Scottish Sun report that Eibar’s Jota is his top target ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

Brentford-owner midfielder Jota, 25, is currently on loan in his native Spain with Eibar, having penned an 18-month loan deal with the La Liga side during the January transfer window of this year.

Jota has played just five games for Eibar this season, and the report claims that Rangers boss Warburton has now made an enquiry to Brentford about taking over Jota’s loan deal until the end of the season.

Former Brentford boss Warburton signed Jota for the Bees in the summer of 2014, and with 11 goals and three assists following his move from Celta Vigo, the left-footed playmaker – who earned comparisons to Manchester City’s David Silva – was immediately rated as one of the Championship’s top players.

However, Jota ended up returning to Spain following Warburton’s move to Rangers, and it’s now claimed that they could reunite if the playmaker is available in January, even though he doesn’t appear to be an ideal fit in Warburton’s system at Rangers unless he plays on the right hand side rather than as a central midfielder.

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