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Tottenham clinic Fernandes loan 18 months from Benfica to buy option

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Tottenham has made its first movement in the January transfer window through the signature of midfielder Benfica Gedson Fernandes.

The 21-year-old is signed on an 18-month loan agreement with the option to stand out from a reported £ 56 million.

Fernandes is the first person to sign the Jose Mourinho era and will provide vital coverage in midfield after a three-month break for Moussa Sissoko, who has a knee operation.

A club statement showed: “We are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement on the loan of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica 18 months to make the transfer option permanent.

“The midfielder must shirt number 30 for the rest of this season.” T

Mourinho will expect more people to join, especially a striker after Harry Kane could injure at the end of the season.

It is understood that the club is interested in Krzysztof Piatek AC Milan and Christian Benteke, Edison Cavani and even former striker Fernando Llorente are linked.

Mourinho said last week that his side will never be “market kings” and that this January will be his right.

Mourinho and Jorges Mendes were offered Fernandes and West Ham won the competition from West Ham, who wanted to be the people who brought him to London.

With only 21 years of age, it will be seen as a sign for the future, but at least Portugal will add extra bodies to a squad to hit injuries.

Fernandes has reached two caps for Portugal and is in a box box player in Sissoko.

His parents have lived in the Tottenham area and he recently saw his new club game with Chelsea before Christmas.

Spurs may also have disbursements this month, and Kyle Walker-Peters expects to be seconded to Crystal Palace on loan and the club wants the Christian Eriksen to unload this month to get a fee for him.

Denmark is international for its contract during the summer and can leave it free of charge, having told Spurs that it will not agree a new agreement.

A transition to Inter Milan after Italy reports that it has agreed terms and Mourinho said after the midfielder played 90 minutes in Tuesday's FA Cup playback seems to have to leave his head high.

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