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According to Sky Sports, West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan without an option to buy.
Chelsea made an offer for the midfielder this week, which is believed to be an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £55 million.
West Ham initially offered an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £33 mllion before submitting their latest offer of an 18-month loan deal with no obligation to buy.
According to Sky Sports, Benfica preferred West Ham’s offer because they think Fernandes is more likely to maintain his value at the London Stadium where they feel he will get more first-team opportunities.
Asked about West Ham’s bid to sign Fernandes, West Ham boss David Moyes said: “We won’t be bringing in a bundle of players and obviously we’d like to add to the squad if we can.
“He’s one name which we’re talking about.”
Asked to confirm if a deal had been agreed, he added: “I couldn’t tell you since I’ve come in from training to the press conference. Maybe something has been done but I can’t confirm that at the moment.”