Jose Mourinho is inching closer to his first transfer as Tottenham manager. Reports from England claim that the club is close to making an agreement with Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes.
The Daily Mail reports that the London club are in the final stages of an 18-month loan deal for the midfielder. West Ham had been thought to be the favourites initially with talks having begun early last week.
However, Spurs have entered the race and appear to be the destination for the talented midfielder. Despite this, West Ham are still pushing forward as they look to make a late bid for the midfielder.
Fernandes is highly rated in Portugal and Mourinho knows a lot about the player having tracked him during his time at Manchester United. The 21-year-old could be the long term replacement for contract rebel Christian Eriksen.
Mourinho has hinted that the club may need reinforcements in January and Fernandes could be the first of many signings. Spurs have also been linked with Middlesbrough wingback Djed Spence.
The London club are in a run of poor form with no wins in their last four matches in all competitions. It will be interesting to see how this transfer pans out in the coming days.