Tottenham Hotspur are close to signing Gedson Fernandes from Benfica in the January transfer window, sources familiar with Spurs’ recruitment have confirmed to Football FanCast.
The 21-year-old had been linked with West Ham United and sources at the London Stadium club told FFC on Saturday that they had been confident that a deal could be struck.
However, our Irons sources also conceded that Spurs entered the race late last week and West Ham are expecting an 18-month loan deal taking Fernandes to north London to be confirmed, barring any late complications.
Sources at Spurs have corroborated that and it now appears that Jose Mourinho will receive reinforcements at the turn of the year. The fact that Jorge Mendes is involved in Fernandes’ representation has played a key role in the deal, with the agent also representing Mourinho.
A number of injury problems have gripped the north London club – Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are ruled out until April.
Fernandes has been capped twice by Portugal and has made 13 appearances for Benfica this season.
He can play in central midfield but has primarily been deployed on the right flank throughout 2019/20, and his versatility is said to appeal to Spurs.
The 21-year-old, of course, has no Premier League experience and it remains to be seen if he will be drafted straight into Mourinho’s team following their 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday.
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Sources at the club have also informed FFC that the club sent a delegation to meet with Sporting Lisbon over the weekend in an attempt to strike a deal for Bruno Fernandes.
The attacking midfielder would cost around €60m (£51m) and there is also interest from Manchester United.
Spurs, though, are attempting to do a deal and could include Juan Foyth in any transfer as they attempt to gazump their Premier League rivals.
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