Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes has chosen to join Tottenham ahead of West Ham United, according to Sky Sports.
On Friday, we relayed a report from the Guardian suggesting Spurs had been offered the chance to sign Fernandes on an 18-month loan despite West Ham having already agreed a deal in principle with Benfica.
And now it seems Tottenham have completed their hijacking of the deal. Sky Sports claims Fernandes will fly to the UK next week to finalise his move to north London. Deals were apparently agreed with both Spurs and West Ham, but the 21-year-old has chosen to join up with Jose Mourinho’s side.
The report goes on to say that Fernandes has fallen out with Benfica head coach Bruno Lage, which is partly why he is leaving the Portuguese club. Tottenham look to have taken advantage by striking a loan deal, but a permanent move currently looks unlikely because of his £102 million release clause.
Mourinho will be delighted to bring in a midfielder swiftly after Moussa Sissoko was ruled out until April with a knee injury. It will be interesting to see how quickly Gedson is integrated into the first-team if he does join.