West Ham United fans were pretty excited about the prospect of signing Gedson Fernandes when rumours first emerged linking him with a move to east London, though they were also feeling some scepticism.
It turns out that the latter emotion was well placed, as it now seems like the 21-year-old will be heading to Tottenham Hotspur.
Following his tweet declaring the news, ExWHUemployee also added that this means the Hammers will now be looking at alternative midfield targets.
Couldn’t really face doing this earlier so put it off: Spurs are the leading the way to sign Fernandes. Ever since his availability became clear his agent had been pumping out his availability to most clubs (and sky) in order to generate interest. (Page 1)
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 11, 2020
There are various West Ham fans who are not surprised to see the Portuguese midfielder is likely to join Spurs instead of moving to London Stadium.
One referred to them as “a bigger and better club than us with a better manager”, while another questioned why an exciting prospect would want to come to “Laughing Stock United”.
David Moyes’ appointment was not a popular one when it first happened, and it seems as though the feeling is that having him at the helm will not be helpful in trying to complete ambitious moves.
Call yourself a West Ham expert? How much did each of these January signings cost?
If you were a player with strong potential, would you prefer Champions League and Mourinho or Moyes and Laughing Stock United
— FrencHammer (@FrencHammer) January 11, 2020
Spurs are a bigger and better club than us with a better manager – no brianer for the kid really
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) January 11, 2020
Its not exactly surprising tbh
— Felix (@FLX______) January 11, 2020
Seeing the transfer take this turn has forced fans to question the board once again, while questioning the club’s size, as one stated “we need to accept the club we are”.
The feeling is that the Hammers will end up with Joe Allen, who has previously been linked with a move by Football Insider.
It has even been suggested that the Fernandes links were only ever a tactic used to “placate the fans” rather than being a genuine effort to sign the midfielder.
Imagine my shock
— Samzini (@Samcam06) January 11, 2020
Westham are in talks’ that’s the headline you will see when sullivan is in charge if transfers. We need to accept the club we are. Joe Allen is the level, he is cheap. Westham will put news of a big signing whenever there is unrest to placate the fans then sign a dud.
— Mr B (@chubbs_121) January 11, 2020
So we put off buying him because we’re not sure if he’s worth the money and now Spurs are leading the talks, I honestly can’t even deal with this club atm
— Chris Taylor (@ChrisTaylor_13) January 11, 2020
Nothing that we didn’t all expect
You’ll be announcing the signing of Joe Allen in the next week or so.
— Richard (@Richardod64) January 11, 2020