West Ham midfielder Edimilson Fernandes is set for a permanent exit, according to reports. German side Mainz are closing in on Fernandes for £8m, as per The Sun.
Fernandes’ three-year stay with West Ham is about to end this summer. Manuel Pellegrini appears ready to axe him permanently with Mainz set to match West Ham’s price tag. The player has agreed terms and this deal is moving quickly.
Edimilson Fernandes at West Ham
Fernandes joined West Ham from FC Sion in 2016. The Switzerland international played 48 games over two seasons with West Ham, operating under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.
He scored his only goal in the EFL Cup: a low driven effort in the cup victory over Chelsea. But last summer, Pellegrini came in and decided Fernandes was not part of his immediate plans.
Despite West Ham’s shortages in central midfield, Fernandes was sent to Italy for a season. He joined Fiorentina on a year-long loan.
Edimilson Fernandes at Fiorentina
Fernandes joined Fiorentina with a view to a permanent move. But the Serie A club are not particularly keen on extending his stay after an average spell.
The 23-year-old has only managed two goals and two assists in 33 games for the Viola this season. And Vincenzo Montella is not ready to exercise his option to buy.
After a disappointing stint in Italy, Fernandes’ future at West Ham was in doubt. Some thought Pellegrini would give him a chance but it seems Mainz will take him to the Bundesliga in a permanent deal.