London - Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes became the first signing of the
Jose Mourinho era at Tottenham on Wednesday as the manager bids to
revive the club's Premier League campaign.
The 21-year-old signed
an 18-month loan deal with an option to make the transfer permanent for a
reported €56 million.
Fernandes will provide vital cover in midfield following a three-month lay-off for Moussa Sissoko, who has had knee surgery.
are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement for the
18-month loan of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica with an option to make
the transfer permanent," said a club statement.
Fernandes, capped twice at senior level, told Spurs TV he was looking forward to working with compatriot Mourinho.
young players want to work with Jose Mourinho because he's one of the
best. All of us as players want to stay near the best, so it's fantastic
to work with him."
"I have no words to say about the stadium
because it is fantastic," he added. "I have never been or seen anything
like this, It is unbelievable."
Fernandes was offered to Spurs by
Mourinho's friend and super agent Jorges Mendes and they beat off
competition from West Ham, who were keen to bring him to London.
potential reported fee would mark a huge mark-up from the €250 and 25 footballs Benfica reportedly gave to Fernandes' club,
Frielas, when he was 10.
Mourinho will be hoping that more
arrivals may follow, particularly a striker following Harry Kane's
potentially season-ending hamstring injury, with the club eighth in the
Premier League, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
are understood to be interested in AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek while
Christian Benteke, Edison Cavani and even former striker Fernando
Llorente have been linked.
There could also be departures at Spurs
this month, with Kyle Walker-Peters hoping to join Crystal Palace on
loan while the club are trying to offload Christian Eriksen in order to
get a fee for him.
- Compiled by Baden Gillion