Tottenham Hotspur join the race to sign West Ham target Gedson Fernandes

West Ham's loan offer for Gedson Fernandes being discussed by Benfica board with answer expected soon

Chelsea were thought to have lost out on the 21-year-old, although this latest twist could allow the Blues to hijack any potential deal between Benfica and Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham.

But Fernandes, who is now being represented by Portuguese super agent Jorge Mendes, could now be targeted by Tottenham.

Fernandes, 20, has been linked with West Ham and it is believed the Hammers have already made an offer for the Portugal Under-21 global - which was turned down. That is because Mendes has offered Fernandes to Spurs - given the closeness between Mendes and Jose Mourinho.

It remains to be seen if West Ham can hold off a push from Tottenham to take Fernandes to the London Stadium.

They say that despite the claims from the English press, West Ham "should not be his destination", especially because Marouane Fellaini is a "strong" candidate to sign for the club. The North London-based club have suffered a major blow in the midfield department after veteran midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been sidelined for three months due to an ankle injury.

Despite this, the Guardian report that negotiations between the Hammers and Benfica have stalled, with sources from within inside West Ham sceptical that an agreement can be reached. Jack Wilshere is injured and Carlos Sanchez is nowhere near good enough, while Josh Cullen is on loan at Charlton.

The club had hoped to sign Fernandes on an initial 18-month loan deal, with an option to make the move the permanent, but as a result of the talks' lack of progress Moyes is said to be eyeing up a number of alternative signings to bolster his side's ranks.

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