West Ham have agreed on a deal in principle with Benfica youngster Gedson Fernandes, SkySports report. The deal is to sign the midfielder on an 18-month loan, without the option to buy him permanently.
The Hammers’ initial offer for Fernandes is thought to be an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £33 million. Chelsea, who are also interested in the 21-year old Portuguese’s signature, brought an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £55 million offer on the table.
West Ham is close to signing Fernandes
Benfica is reportedly more keen on sending their player to West Ham, as they believe he will receive more playing time there and maintain his value.
The player, himself, has a release fee of £102 million, however, the club has acknowledged they won’t be able to get close to that figure for a player, who has fallen out of favor at the club, and with head coach Bruno Lage, reportedly.
Meanwhile, Manchester United were also linked with the 21-year old, but it seems as though their chances to land him are close to zero. Gedson Fernandes is believed to prefer a move to London for family reasons.