ExWHUemployee has suggested that West Ham were used by Benfica and Gedson Fernandes’s agent in order to generate interest from other clubs in the Portuguese starlet.

The Hammers were the first English club to be linked with the 20-year-old midfielder last week.

Sky Sports claimed on Thursday that West Ham had agreed a deal in principle with Benfica to sign Fernandes.

That has proven to be far from the case, however.

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Gedson Fernandes (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Sky Sports now reckon that the Portuguese sensation is all but set to join Tottenham on an 18-month loan deal.

And that will be a big blow for West Ham fans to stomach. They thought they were getting a genuinely top class player, but instead, it seems as though he will be joining their London rivals.

Reliable Hammers insider ExWHUemployee speculated that the east London outfit might have been used simply to drum up interest from other clubs in Fernandes:

 

If true, West Ham never really stood a chance. But it is a stark reminder for the club’s fans as to where the Hammers currently stand in the world footballing pecking order.

The east London outfit’s current position in the table certainly wouldn’t have helped matters.

So West Ham will need to change their transfer targets accordingly.

Or perhaps the board already knew this would happen deep down? And they wanted the likes of Joe Allen and Darren Randolph all along.

These are very grim times for the Hammers. An Ex’s recent claim will further rub salt into the wounds of West Ham fans.

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