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Tottenham Hotspur have made a new bid worth €65m (£59.9m) for Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes, per The Daily Mail.
Spurs, the report states, have had two bids for Fernandes rejected already, of values of €45m (£41.5m) and €50m (£46.1m).
Sporting have now rejected this bid too, with Spurs offering €55m (£50.7m) up front in addition to €10m (£9.2m) in add-ons.
Sporting value Fernandes at €70m (£64.6m), meaning that the north London club are currently £4.7m short of the required sum.
The Mail also claims that Spurs have yet to decide whether or not they should make another offer, with the Premier League’s transfer window closing on Thursday.
Spurs have to buy an attacking midfielder before the transfer deadline.
There remains uncertainty over the future of Christian Eriksen, who has expressed a desire to take on a fresh challenge.
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The Liga transfer window is open until the end of the month and Spurs cannot afford to be left short in the position if an exit is agreed for the Dane after the English window closes.
Thus, chairman Daniel Levy simply has to bring in reinforcements.
Sources have confirmed that the club are also interested in Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, but it seems as though they are an inch away from striking an agreement with Fernandes, who scored 32 goals in all competitions last season.
They should do all they can to get it over the line. £4.7m is not enough to miss the chance to land such a talented playmaker.