Tottenham have won the race for Gedson Fernandes, despite joining the hunt for his services after West Ham and Chelsea .
The Benfica star has completed his 18-month loan switch, with Spurs having the option to buy the player for £42m at the end of the temporary deal.
Fernandes was heavily linked with a move to West Ham at the beginning of the month, where David Moyes expected to make the midfielder his first signing in east London.
Soon after Chelsea got involved, reportedly sending representatives to Lisbon to discuss a potential loan switch.
But Spurs got their man, making a bid for Fernandes in recent days.
“Other clubs in London have been teased, flirted with,” Sky Sports reporter Anton Toloui revealed this morning.
“West Ham were the first club to swipe right effectively. He showed an interest as well.
“So West Ham made the initial contact, they spoke to him. His agent has been in the UK for a couple of weeks trying to organise a deal after the player fell out with the Benfica coach.
“Chelsea then came in when Chelsea thought they were close. Offered a deal which was an obligation to buy if he played more than 50 per cent of games.
“West Ham then revised their offer and made it a pure loan offer.
Gedson Fernandes has joined Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal
“And eventually Tottenham came in at the last minute and pipped them to the post with their deal which is an option to buy at the end of the loan spell for around £42.7m.”
Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth revealed on Monday that Tottenham got in on the action later after Moussa Sissoko’s injury.
The Frenchman is expected to be out until April at the earliest due to a serious knee problem.
Sheth explained how Jose Mourinho’s side were forced into the market and that a move for Fernandes was intensified after the severity of Sissoko’s injury became clear.
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