A PHOTO has emerged of Gedson Fernandes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last month – rubbishing some claims he is a panic buy.
The Benfica midfielder, 21,has undergone a medical at Spurs ahead of an 18-month loan deal.
He had been targeted by West Ham, but it is now set to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing for the North London side.
It had been claimed super-agent Jorge Mendes offered Fernandes to Tottenham after Moussa Sissoko’s injury.
And his client Mourinho has jumped at the chance to bolster the squad.
However, a snap has surfaced on Twitter allegedly showing Fernandes and his father in attendance to watch Spurs in their 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea on December 22.
And that would suggest that a move for the Portuguese international had been in the offing for several weeks.
Mourinho refused to confirm yesterday whether the transfer was nearly finalised.
He said: “I am waiting for news.”
“I don’t want to talk about a Benfica player.”
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Spurs are believed to have the option to buy Fernandes permanently when his loan deal expires in 2021.
His arrival will provide a huge boost to Mourinho and Spurs.
Sissoko has been ruled out for the long-term and star striker Harry Kane is sidelined until at least April.
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