Gedson Fernandes: Tottenham look to hijack West Ham deal for Benfica midfielder

West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Fernandes

Gedson Fernandes
Image: Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham are all after Benfica youngster Gedson Fernandes

Tottenham are interested in Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes and have made an offer for an 18-month loan.

Spurs are in the market to sign a midfielder on loan following the injury to Moussa Sissoko, who has been sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Fernandes, and it is thought the player will decide this weekend when he is expected to arrive in London.

Gedson Fernandes of Portugal looks on prior to the International Friendly match between Portugal and Croatia at Algarve Stadium on September 6, 2018 0:59
Portuguese journalist Filipe Dias explains to the Transfer Talk podcast why Benfica are ready to sell Gedson Fernandes in January

Chelsea are also keen on signing the youngster and have offered an 18-month loan deal with an obligation to buy for £55m, provided the player features in at least half of the games during the loan spell.

The Hammers have also offered a one-and-a-half-year loan deal, but their obligation to buy amounts up to £33m and the percentage of games to trigger the clause would be less than Chelsea's.

The 21-year-old's release clause is £102m but Benfica have conceded they will not get close to that figure for a player who is out of favour and is reported to have fallen out with head coach Bruno Lage.

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