According to a report from Sky Sports, West Ham are in talks with Benfica over the signing of midfielder Gedson Fernandes, and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation.
The 20-year-old Portuguese starlet is one of the most exciting young prospects in Europe, and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in signing him.
Sky Sports claims that talks are underway regarding a possible 18-month loan move to the Hammers with an option to buy at the end of that period.
Sky Sports also suggest that Benfica realise that they will get nowhere near Fernandes's release clause which is set at £102 million.
And if we do get Fernandes, he would be an absolutely sensational signing.
The Portugal under-21 international possesses pace in abundance. He is also not adverse to getting involved in the physical side of the game. The 20-year-old is strong in the tackle and seems to relish getting stuck in.
Bringing him to the London Stadium would totally go against the grain of the club's recent signings.
West Ham have fallen into the trap recently of signing ageing players who are well past their best on extortionate wages.
There is still the small matter of beating Manchester United to his signature, but the links are exciting nonetheless.
And some West Ham Fans took to Twitter in reaction to the speculation…
— Dan Swaby (@Swabybaby01) January 3, 2020
Moyseiah doin bits
— Danny Mac (@DannyMcA32) January 3, 2020
Hope this comes through
— John Phillips (@JohnWHUFC80) January 3, 2020
But how likely would we be to sign him after the 18mts if he did ok. He won’t be cheap Release clause is £102m even though Benfica themselves say they wouldn’t expect that!
— ᔕIᒪᐯEᖇ ᕼᗩᗰᗰEᖇ (@TimmyJ_71) January 3, 2020
I'm a little too excited by this!!
— Toby Gould (@samizgould) January 3, 2020
Not got much hope for this Tbh, alot of bigger clubs interested. If we can get him on such a good deal then the others would be mad not to too. Cautiously optimistic about gabigol, but been through enough transfer windows to know we'll end up making last minute deals on randoms
— Billy Sales (@OfficialSalesB) January 3, 2020
Him and Barbosa is just a dream ……
— Dan 父 Good (@DaniGood) January 3, 2020
Sky reporting an 18 month loan with option to buy. Is this right? Be great to get him.
— Stephen Elsley (@stephen_elsley) January 3, 2020
He’d be an incredible signing!
Can’t see him costing a penny under £35m though…destined for big things!
Gets stuck in, is a powerful unit & is technically brilliant
— Steven McCarthy 🅥 (@StevenMcCarthy9) January 2, 2020
Apparently he is up for 18 month loan too don't know if bc they just bought Weigl. But huge young talent
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) January 2, 2020
— Jamie (@JamieWHU__) January 2, 2020
— Nathan Akehurst (@AkehurstNathan) January 2, 2020
— jay (@JayWHU_) January 2, 2020
Surely not… would be a class signing
— B. (@EmersonWHUFC) January 2, 2020
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