West Ham United are still leading the chase for wonderkid Gedson Fernandes.
That’s despite Sky Sports reporting on Wednesday that Chelsea were suddenly in the box seat to land the 20-year-old Benfica star.
West Ham fans have been excited by the potential signing.
So they were resigned to missing out when Sky Sports reported Chelsea were in for the midfielder, who favours a move to London to be close to his mother.
But according to a West Ham Twitter insider named Forbo, the Hammers still lead the chase.
New West Ham insider maintains Fernandes claim
The new West Ham insider has been making consistent claims on social media.
He made a name for himself with some West Ham fans last summer by providing inside information on the signing of Sebastien Haller ahead of the groove as well as the sale of Pedro Obiang.
Forbo has maintained the Fernandes deal is West Ham’s to lose.
And in his latest update this morning he claims the Portuguese starlet could be set to jet into England this evening to seal the deal.
He also offered an update on the club’s chase for striker Gabriel Barbosa and the Darren Randolph situation.
‘Potential flight over this evening’
“Gedson Fernandes to have final discussion with us and a potential flight over this evening,” Forbo claimed on Twitter.
“I still stand by what I say and we are still high favourite.
“Barbosa to decide where he wants to go. Randolph to be sorted and signed on.”
GOOD MORNING HAMMERS ☁️⚒
Gedson Fernandes to have final discussion with us and a potential flight over this evening. I still stand by what I say and we are still high favourite.
Barbosa to decide where he wants to go.
Randolph to be sorted and signed on.
— Forbo (@F0RBO) January 9, 2020
Some supporters might take the claims with a pinch of salt for now. Many don’t believe anything until they see the player in a West Ham shirt.
But Sky Sports also claimed this morning that West Ham have made a revised bid.
Sky Sports claims Benfica favour revised Hammers bid
And the Sky Sports report says Benfica are believed to be leaning towards accepting that bid, with the Portuguese club feeling Fernandes is more likely to maintain his value at West Ham where they feel he will get more first-team opportunities.
There has been a lot of fan anger directed at the owners on social media and forums over a lack of ambition.
The appointment of David Moyes was deemed unambitious.
And West Ham fans are demanding money be spent on a team which is sorely lacking in several key areas, namely in midfield and up front.
But many remain sceptical after a paltry £25million net spend in the last two windows and reports from the likes of Claret & Hugh that January could be quiet for the club.