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Report: West Ham submit new offer for Gedson Fernandes, this time with no obligation or option to buy

According to a report from Sky Sports, West Ham have made a new offer for Benfica ace Gedson Fernandes, and this time it’s just a proposed 18-month loan deal with no option to buy.

The Hammers desperately need more energy and dynamism in central midfield.

And Fernandes, 20, has clearly been identified as the ideal candidate.

Sky Sports claimed yesterday that West Ham wanted the Portuguese youngster on an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £33 million at the end of that period.

They also suggested that Chelsea were willing to pay more than £22 million than the Hammers.

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The goalposts seem to have been moved, however.

Sky Sports now reckon West Ham just want Fernandes on an 18-month loan deal, with no option or obligation to buy the midfielder at all.

If true, the east London outfit are playing a dangerous game.

Given the claims that Benfica clearly want to get rid of the 20-year-old, they will surely prefer to sanction his exit to a club who are willing to insert an obligation to buy clause into any kind of deal.

And with Chelsea’s reported interest in Fernandes, this should be a real worry for West Ham fans.

The Hammers should surely be looking to add an ‘option’ to buy into the loan bid at the very least.

Otherwise they might just end up missing out on the Portuguese starlet all together.

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