West Ham United had been hoping to seal an 18 month loan deal for Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes this weekend but the deal is now up in the air.
The plan was for Fernandes to have his medical and finalise the move before the Hammers’ home game against Everton .
They had reportedly agreed a deal in principle with Benfica but the player’s representatives have thrown a spanner in the works.
According to Football Insider , Fernandes has been offered to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea , with West Ham concerned that either club may now hijack the move.
The player is keen on a move to London to be closer to his mother, who is believed to live in the city.
When asked about the links with Fernandes ahead of his side’s controversial 1-0 loss to Sheffield United , manager David Moyes said: “We’re linked with lots of players.
“He’s one name which we are talking about. I couldn’t tell you about any agreement since I have come into training and to the press conference.
“More importantly, he is a young player with potential, more so for the future.
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“He’s got good pedigree. I’d like to bring young players in to build a strong, young team.
“I also have to be very wary of players who are ready for now and can feature for the first team straight away as well.”
Now, it is being reported that Spurs have indeed jumped ahead of West Ham in the race, with the Guardian claiming that Tottenham are ‘confident’ they will be able to confirm an 18-month loan deal next week.
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