Tottenham sign 18-month loan deal with Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes

Tottenham took their first step into the January transfer window by signing Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes.

The 21-year-old has signed an 18-month loan deal which has the possibility of becoming permanent for £ 56million.

Fernandes becomes the club’s first signing in the Jose Mourinho era and will provide vital cover in the middle of the park after a three-month layoff for Moussa Sissoko, who has undergone knee surgery.

A club statement read: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached an agreement for the 18-month loan of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica with an option to make the transfer permanent.

“The midfielder will wear the number 30 jersey for the remainder of the season.”

Mourinho is hopeful more arrivals will follow, especially a forward following the hamstring injury that could end Harry Kane’s season.

The club are said to be interested in AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek while Christian Benteke, Edison Cavani and even former striker Fernando Llorente have been linked.

Mourinho said last week that his team will never be “the kings of the market” and that January will be a window of opportunity.

Fernandes was given to them by Mourinho’s friend and super agent, Jorges Mendes, and they beat the competition from West Ham, who were keen to be the one to get him to London.

Only 21 years old, he will be seen more as a signing for the future, but the Portuguese will at least add additional bodies to a team that has been hit by injuries.

Fernandes won two caps for Portugal and is a box-to-box midfielder like Sissoko.

His parents live in the Tottenham area and he was recently spotted in his new club’s home game with Chelsea ahead of Christmas.

There could also be Spurs outings this month, with Kyle Walker-Peters hoping to join Crystal Palace on loan as the club try to get rid of Christian Eriksen this month in order to secure a fee for him.

The Denmark international is out of contract this summer and can leave for free, having told Spurs he would not agree to a new deal.

A move to Inter Milan looks likely after reports from Italy suggest he agreed to the terms and Mourinho said after the midfielder played 90 minutes in Tuesday night’s FA win Cup against Middlesbrough that he should leave with his head held high.

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