With the January transfer window in full swing, Football FanCast brings you the four biggest Premier League transfer stories doing the rounds today…
Tottenham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan. There is also a purchase option for the 20-year-old, although the club’s official statement gave no further details of what that option is.
Fernandes is an incredibly promising youngster, having already featured for the Portugal first team and made 59 appearances for Benfica, scoring thrice while applying eleven assists. He has been granted just nine starts so far this season, however, which is perhaps why Spurs have decided to sign him on a temporary deal first.
Fernandes can play all across the midfield and won the Primeira Liga title with Benfica last season.
West Ham have confirmed Darren Randolph’s return to the club following a stint at Middlesbrough. The Championship club signed the goalkeeper in summer 2017 for a fee of £5m but the cost of bringing him back to the club remains undisclosed at this time.
The 32-year-old rejoins the east London club amid a crisis between the sticks; Lukasz Fabianski suffered an injury last time out against Sheffield United, while David Martin came on to commit an error that handed Sheffield United the only goal of the game and the Irons’ only other option is Roberto who was culpable for almost countless goals during his run of games earlier in the season.
Randolph represents a proven alternative and while he’s been out of action with injury himself since December, it’s believed he’ll be fit enough to play against Everton on Saturday.
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According to Football Insider, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to make Leicester City star James Maddison a marquee signing this summer, with their report describing him as a ‘key target’ for the man in the Emirates hotseat.
The England international has been in fine form this season, notching up six goals and three assists in 20 Premier League starts, and with Arteta employing a 4-2-3-1 formation during his early games as Gunners gaffer, there’s an obvious position for him to take up in their starting XI.
And in turn, this rumour leads to questions over the long-term future of Mesut Ozil. Arteta has made the World Cup winner a focal point of his Arsenal team but is yet to reap the rewards.
According to The Daily Mail, Spurs have been offered the chance to sign FC Porto striker Ze Luis on loan. The Cape Verde international only joined the club from Spartak Moscow in the summer but it appears they are already open to parting with his services despite scoring seven times in just eight league starts.
Harry Kane has been ruled out of action until April with a serious injury, leaving Spurs light in the striker department following the summer departure of Fernando Llorente. Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son have both filled in up front under Jose Mourinho but have struggled to provide goals.
Ze Luis is 28 years old, has represented his country on 19 occasions and previously turned out for Braga in Portugal.