West Ham United have been heavily linked with a move for Benfica wonderkid Gedson Fernandes.
According to Sky Sports and reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee the Hammers are serious about the Portuguese midfielder.
Sky Sports says West Ham are in talks with the 20-year-old, who has a £102million release clause.
He has not featured in Benfica’s last seven games and is thought to have fallen out with head coach Bruno Lage.
Discussions underway for Fernandes
Discussions between West Ham and the Portuguese club are underway over a possible 18-month loan deal which would include an option to buy.
The player is being chased by Manchester United and three other Premier League teams.
But it is being reported that he prefers West Ham ‘for personal reasons’.
And Sky Sports say Benfica have conceded they will not get that kind of money for an out-of-favour player.
Nice to meet Dju
The Portuguese was identified and monitored by the club during Mario Husillos’s stint as director of football over the last 18 months.
One of three young Portuguese players signed in that time is forgotten man Mesaque Dju.
The forward has spent much of his time at West Ham on the treatment table.
But he could have made a name for himself with fans without even shining on the pitch.
That’s after he dropped a big hint that his close friend Fernandes could be joining him in East London.
Dju was the first person to comment on Fernandes’s Instagram post which tellingly featured a crossed Hammers emoji when it was first posted.
Moyes admits interest
And Dju replied with saying ‘Paco’ with a heart eyes emoji.
That saw a host of Hammers fans urging Dju to help persuade Fernandes to sign for West Ham.
In his press conference on Friday, West Ham boss David Moyes admitted Fernandes is someone he wants to sign (Evening Standard).