West Ham loaned to Gedson Fernandes’ stalls at Benfica | West Ham United


West Ham’s attempts to sign Gedson Fernandes have stalled after the latest round of talks with Benfica over a loan deal for the Portuguese midfielder.

David Moyes’ club, reportedly facing competition from former employers Everton for the 20-year-old, are keen to sign Fernandes on an 18-month loan with a view to making the signing permanent. The Portugal international is set to move this month after falling out of favor at Benfica.

However, West Ham’s hopes of signing Fernandes, who can play an advanced role in the central or right midfielder, are uncertain. While it was hoped that the deal could move forward on Tuesday, it is understood that negotiations with Benfica have not made much progress yet. Sources close to the deal are skeptical of West Ham’s chances of securing the signing.

Fernandes is highly rated and it is widely believed that he has a good chance of ending up at a club with bigger aspirations than West Ham. While he has family in London, he has been strongly linked with Lyon and Manchester United.

West Ham are keen to strengthen their midfielder as they seek to preserve their Premier League status and their January business would not be over if they signed Fernandes, who is seen as a long-term prospect rather than a player which can enter directly into From Moyes’ side. Moyes, who replaced Manuel Pellegrini as manager last week, has long been an admirer of Stoke City’s Joe Allen and Genk’s Sander Berge is generating interest. West Ham has also reportedly renewed its interest in Marseille’s Morgan Sanson.

Darren Randolph’s £ 4million transfer to West Ham has been delayed by a thigh injury which has troubled the Middlesbrough keeper this season. The Ireland international from the Republic of Ireland traveled to London on Tuesday to discuss personal conditions, but has yet to pass a medical examination and will have another review of the issue on Wednesday.

Moyes could aim for cover at right-back after Ryan Fredericks was ruled out for a month with a hamstring injury. Options include Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne, who needs a fresh start after injury, and Newcastle’s Javier Manquillo.

There is a belief within West Ham that Joe Cole could return to a coaching role as Moyes looks to fill his backstage staff. However, it is understood that talking about a deal for Cole to return to his childhood club being close is extremely premature.

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