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Everton to 'hijack' West Ham's Fernandes deal

| Tuesday, 07 January 2020 74comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have joined the reported race for Benfica winger Gedson Fernandes, offering to sign the 20-year-old on an 18-month loan with a view to make the deal permanent.

According to the likes of The Athletic, The Mirror and the Daily Star, the Blues are hoping to steal a march on West Ham who are said to be waiting on an answer from Fernandes's camp over a move to the London Stadium.

West Ham is believed to be Fenandes's favoured destination because his mother already lives in London but the aforementioned reports claim that Everton are in negotiations over a £34m transfer if his proposed loan spell at Goodison Park is successful.

Fernandes has also been strongly linked with Manchester United in recent weeks.

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Kenny Smith
1 Posted 07/01/2020 at 07:18:57
A loan makes sense in case he struggles like Kean has this season. Think we might get stung again so I’m not sure about this one.
Personally I think we’re more in need of a ball winner like Calvin Phillips who’s been outstanding for a couple of years in the championship along side a playmaker like Romaine Sawyers from WBA. These two just don’t give the ball away and get round the pitch like Gueye used to for us.
Justin Doone
2 Posted 07/01/2020 at 07:51:08
It's like we have been told we're not allowed to sign players from the British or Irish leagues.

I'm sure there are plenty of talented players in the championship or other European leagues that we could bring in on loan with a view to signing.

At £34M he's either worth it or not. I'm guessing not if we only want to loan him at first. I get the not wanting to sign a duffer for big money, so look elsewhere.

Ian Bennett
3 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:01:06
Not sure a 20 year old foreign lad is what we need now. This team is spineless.

I might be a dinosaur, but I'd take hungry lads out of the championship like Moyes used to do. Players that wanted to make it, are used to battling their way through season's and will give everything to the shirt. Football mercenaries that don't give a shit are costing a fortune and deliver nothing.

Martin Berry
4 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:20:03
We need young hungry fast and skillful players in the midfield with Tom Davies energy.
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:27:00

Tom Davies has no energy mate, he runs (sorry jogs) at snail pace and basically just loses control of the ball and ends up on his arse.

It’s become a sorry state of affairs when Tom has become our best midfielder because the other three dopes are so slow.

We need a whole new big strong powerful athletic midfield and not one of the current midfielders we have are anywhere near the required quality to challenge the top six

Joe McMahon
6 Posted 07/01/2020 at 08:35:37
We have to convince him the London stadium and indeed London is not the place to be. Our managers name may help over the names Moyes.
Jim Harrison
7 Posted 07/01/2020 at 09:10:03
Joe 6

I think the size of the pay cheque will define who he signs for

Brent Stephens
8 Posted 07/01/2020 at 09:31:23
Looking to sign a winger doesn't mean to say we aren't also looking to sign other players for the "spine" of the team. It is possible to do both at the same time.
Derek Knox
9 Posted 07/01/2020 at 11:15:36
Kenny @ 1, Understand where you're coming from there and it makes sense, he knows the English set-up as opposed to a Foreign player, BUT WBA have aspirations for getting back in the top tier again, so are unlikely to let any players go.

Also would Carlo even go for a player like him?

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 07/01/2020 at 11:19:02
Lyndon, I think you will find Gedson Fernandes is a defensive midfielder. However, he is built like a winger and will struggle in the Premier League until he fills out a bit more.
Steve Ferns
11 Posted 07/01/2020 at 11:33:18
Here's a YouTube video which confirms what I have seen of him for Benfica. He is a similar to what JP Gbamin is meant to be. Strong in the tackle, fast, can drive up the pitch, good ball skills, but is a better passer than JP Gbamin although a lot more slight, and lacking in upper body strength. Link
Andrew Ellams
12 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:09:49
Justin, the reason teams avoid signing from English Leagues is because the transfer fee comes with a £20m premium. Compare what we paid for Sigurdsson and Schneiderlin vs Gomes and Digne.
Kevin Prytherch
13 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:19:53
Andrew 12 - similarly compare what we spent for Holgate and Calvert-Lewin vs Mina and Kean...

Too many big money signings who are only here for the money = half arsed performances like the other night.

I’d much rather sign players hungry with a point to prove than those here for a fat pay cheque.

Rob Dolby
14 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:37:32
From the clip that Steve Ferns posted he has already won more tackles and completed more passes than our entire midfield this season so let's hope there is some truth in this one.
James Marshall
15 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:54:29
A hijack indeed. The poor kid will rarely play, then get sent back from whence he came having wasted a year of his career rotting at Everton like every other stiff we loan or buy.

Ad infinitum

Alan J Thompson
16 Posted 07/01/2020 at 12:56:00
We've just finished the Gibson piece saying that at 19 he needs to wait while we may be looking at a 20 year old winger for 34M. Anyone know when Bowler's contract is up for renewal, when Bolasie's loan ends and if he would play instead of Bernard or Walcott and if Richarlison moves more into the middle with DCL and Kean in a 4-1-5 or some other bingo formation like four corners and a top line in front of a full house.
Steve Ferns
17 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:01:13
Alan, there’s a difference between a winger and a centre back. Which is why I think the younger Gordon is much closer to the first team than Gibson. However, Fernandes is a defensive midfielder and as good as he looks for Benfica, I don’t see him replicating it in the Premier League as he lacks the physicality, which is the same concern I have over Gibson.
Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:19:26
Steve(#17); Which is not far from the point that I was making plus this is either a load of rubbish, you say defensive mid the article says winger, or people at Goodison still aren't on the same wavelength, working to the same end other than lip service or communicating.
Shaun McGough
19 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:30:49
we need leaders and shouters on the pitch, this 20 year old is last thing we need
James Stewart
20 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:31:05
Not what we need at all.
Steve Ferns
21 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:37:09
Alan, I am certain he is a defensive midfielder. He is not a holding player who sits in, he is one who drives forwards from deep. He is also a full international, which is no mean feat as Portugal are a very strong national side, particularly in the middle.

He is exactly the type of player we need, he looks like he will be a star, he just needs to bulk up to play in the Premier League. If we signed this fella and Rabiot, then I would be happy. The risk is also minimised by the fact it would be an 18 month loan with an option to buy for a fixed fee of £34m. It's a good deal. We just still need a central midfielder if we do sign him.

Steve Ferns
22 Posted 07/01/2020 at 13:58:46
Forget Rabiot, reports say he has said he is happy at Juve and has the full confidence of Sarri and the club.
Gary Carter
23 Posted 07/01/2020 at 17:45:40
Kevin @ 13 to day Mina and Kean are only here for the money and half arsed is a criminally stupid comment. Kean is young, clearly hungry and hasn’t yet adapted to the league and is just 20 years old, there’s a good argument to say he’s not really been given a chance yet. He has it all to prove and an international career ahead of him for Italy.

Mina has done little wrong, only 26, still adapting to the premier league and has a point to prove to Barcelona and an international career to think of.

I wouldn’t say I’ve seen either of them put half arsed performances in, ones lacking in confidence, match sharpness and being used to the English game, yes.

Add to that the fact that Holgate is very average at best and despite his recent half decent scoring efforts DCL still averages about a goal every 7 or 8 games in actually wondering if your post was meant to be sarcastic as I can’t really think of two worse comparisons for the point you are trying to make if you’re being serious !

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 07/01/2020 at 17:56:11
Another “Ronaldo” in the making? Every window the next big thing out of Portugal is paraded around only, in most cases, to turn out crap. This is agents trying to get their clients a big money move. What happened to Bruno Fernandes who was linked to every major team in Europe only to stay in Lisbon?

Put this in the BS column.

Steve Ferns
25 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:02:04
Gary, Mina is 25 and Kean still 19!
Jay Harris
26 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:14:19
I really cant understand why we've never looked at Aaron Mooys.

IMO he is exactly what we need and is only on loan at Brighton..

Get Koulibaly and Moreyos from Rangers and its sorted until the summer.

Brian Williams
27 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:16:41
Hijack West Ham deal? We couldn't hijack a fucking stagecoach!
Paul A Smith
28 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:22:42
I think we need ready for the Premiership now and well established. Don't get me wrong i'd love to take the lad if we were flush and it didn't affect other transfers but we are not flush and a 19 year old Central Midfielder from Portugal isn't helping us out of this predicament.
Steve Ferns
29 Posted 07/01/2020 at 18:40:26
Paul, he comes in on loan and allows us to spend the big money on him in 18 months time, if he impressed, with a transfer fee locked in if he does impress. It means we can bring in other players too. It is a smart move by filling the most problem position in the team. He is a pacy number 6 / number 8. It could well be that his legs will knit together well with one of our slower midfielders and bring the best out of them. Perhaps, he can link up well with Gomes or Delph.

I would say we need to bulk him up and bulk him up quickly to be able compete in the Premier League. Otherwise, maybe he could follow Arteta's example and play from wide on the right as he has good pace, technical ability, and so is not a million miles from a young Arteta, although much taller and very raw (not forgetting his 2 caps for Portugal).

Robert Tressell
30 Posted 07/01/2020 at 19:19:53
He looks ok - but not as good as his teamate luis fiorentino who physically lookd morr ready for the prem and has gueye like pressing / ball winning ability.
Peter Thistle
31 Posted 07/01/2020 at 19:50:24
Why are we so obsessed with signing wingers? It's a fucking midfielder and striker we need. Anyway, the only plus that could come out of this is Walcott never plays for us again.
Kevin Prytherch
32 Posted 07/01/2020 at 20:31:30
Gary 23 - the Calvert Lewin and Holgate comparison to Kean and Mina - was to highlight the fact that signing English players doesn’t have to come with a £20million premium - that’s why the post above was referenced.

I stand by my half arsed comments - we have too many players on big money who fold when things get tough. I’m including Mina in that category - along with the likes of Digne, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott, possibly Iwobi, even Gomes sometimes...

The point is, all of the above have come for the money, play them against a team hungry to succeed and they are poor.

As for the worst comparisons - I admit they are poor. Holgate (at around £2million) has outshone Mina while Calvert-Lewin has been one of our better players recently, world class if compared to Kean. However, I won’t criticise Kean yet as he is still young and learning.

However your comment about Calvert-Lewin sums up a point on a different thread - that current Everton fans are too quick to criticise younger players who aren’t bought for millions (notice your differing views on both). 2 games ago Calvert Lewin has universal praise, 2 games later and he’s back to a 1 in 7 striker - despite the fact that he had a better goals to minute ratio than the likes of Aguero just 2 games ago.

Gaute Lie
33 Posted 07/01/2020 at 21:43:34
Justin Doone
Ian Bennet

So totally agree With you. Better to use 50000 pounds and get a player like Coleman than 25 mill pounds and get a player like Tosun, or not to mention Bolasie and many more.
Better for morale, economy, player attitude etc. etc.

Why else is there so many coaches, Fitness experts, technique trainers and so on on the payroll if not to develop players?

The cost of the players are sometimes uexplainable.
All the guys an girls here at this great forum knows that a turd sandwich priced at 20 million pounds is still just a turd sandwich. and we have learned this the hard way.

Paul Birmingham
34 Posted 07/01/2020 at 21:58:55
Surely after all the duds we’ve bought over years, more than most players that are suited to the role required at EFC, then, this is media speculation, and nothing more.

You’d like to think in the humiliation of Sunday’s defeat, that Everton need committed skilful players who aren’t work shy but also have the right character.

Assuming we will struggle to off load even at heavy loss, the spineless jellies that make much of the first team squad, will FFP, impact EFC, soon?

Alan J Thompson
35 Posted 08/01/2020 at 03:32:35
Gaute(#33); But there is that old saying about turd sandwiches; the more bread you've got the less shit you have to take.
But I get your point, we are paying over the top for players who don't and haven't performed while promising youngsters seem to come to nought and others find nuggets from lower divisions. I've always disliked managers who seem to be followed around by players from previous clubs and, without any proof, makes you think there could be brown paper bags involved.
Bob Parrington
36 Posted 08/01/2020 at 03:54:35
I'm glad Gomes was finally brought in to this conversation. I was thinking he had been forgotten. Not the fastest but with attitude and guile.

Of course, we will be linked with all and sundry this month.

Paul A Smith
37 Posted 08/01/2020 at 06:32:14
Steve 29 there is a lot of ifs there.
Paul A Smith
38 Posted 08/01/2020 at 07:48:10
Just read he fell out with the manager now. 19 and fell out of favour already. Why are we even thinking about him.

Due Dilligence has failed enough, knowing he has an attitude problem and still signing him would be insanity wouldn't it?

Tom Bowers
39 Posted 08/01/2020 at 18:29:59
Like many others we liked Tom Davies when he first came on the scene but although he works tirelessly, he doesn't have great speed and hasn't really progressed to the level we had all hoped but then that can be said of many who are starting games these days.
People like Scneiderlin, Sigurddson and Walcott just don't have any impact.
Jimmy Digney
40 Posted 09/01/2020 at 07:56:33
We are 11th in the league (for now) because there are 10 better teams than us. Watching the Premier League, the teams above us have better players, a lot with better squads. After the capitulation at Anfield it is obvious we have a bang average side.

Now if we had a good, great side we can all agree that what is happening to this team would be shameful to put it mildly. But again the team it is bang average, not looking for excuses either ( endeavour, effort, is the minimum required ).

But a reality check is also called for. Believe me, some players are playing to their utmost abilities (albeit not good enough). Let's see if Ancelotti is given sufficient funds to replace the non committed players, the average players with quality, because that is the only way you win trophy's with quality. Simple.
Chris Mason
41 Posted 09/01/2020 at 10:43:34
We are the wrong club for another player with an attitude problem.
Sam Hoare
42 Posted 09/01/2020 at 10:49:39
He's a good player but would perhaps be like Kean in that it could take a year or so for him to settle and be able to contribute meaningfully to the first team.

We all want good players who are ready now but the horrible truth is that its not at all easy to find available players who are better than what we have now without spending some pretty decent money.

Someone like Fernandes could go on to be the next Tielemans but it would require some patience, a quality that its hard to request from Everton fans right now.

I'd be tempted to look at someone like Ebe Eze at QPR whose been one of the best attacking midfielders in the Championship this season despite playing for a mediocre team and being only 21. I suspect he'd be more ready to make an impression in the PL than Fernandes, though he'd also need some patience.

Simon Smith
43 Posted 09/01/2020 at 11:19:10
We should have gone for Matheus Pereria who’s on loan at West Brom. Seen him several times this season and the guy is class.
Keith Harrison
44 Posted 09/01/2020 at 14:53:58
We should have sent the 'Finch Farm Firm' to hijack him. He's signing an 18 month deal with West Ham.

Wonder who their manager is now .

Steve Ferns
45 Posted 09/01/2020 at 15:09:31
I think if West Ham are patient, this could be a good signing. If it's viewed as 6 months to settle in and then 12 months to prove himself, then he will probably be worth the big transfer fee. I would agree with Sam that he could be another Tielemans. Remember we were in for him too. He went to Monaco and stalled, and then went to Liecester on loan and found some form and then was signed in the summer.

The problem is we need a Tielemens now, not one in 18 months time. So, Sam, do you have any recommendations? I know you are a fan of Soumare, but is he realistic?

I liked the look of Mina's teammate, Wimar Barrios. I see he's recently joined Zenit so transfer is highly unlikely. Any idea how he's getting on?

Edit: Just realised the above makes it sound like I want Nzonzi or one of the other older players we are liked with. I suppose Nzonzi would only be on loan. Has anyone seen him recently to know if he would be a good signing? I suspect the links is more at his end, with his agent trying to get him out of Turkey. It's a shame we also missed out on the Defensive Midfielder from River, Ezequiel Palacios, as he looked quality.

Steve Shave
46 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:32:13
All quiet on the western front, hopefully Brands et al are working on a few deals. Steve Ferns: when you mention Palacious are you saying he's gone elsewhere? I didn't know that and thought he was still at River Plate, he would be my choice. That said we need a CM boss who can hit the ground running, hence why I agree that Gedson is not the right signing for us. Lots of speculation about Tosun, let's hope someone is prepared to buy him, personally I would use the money elsewhere, promote Gordon and wait till summer for our striker Immobile, Belotti, Piatek all more available. I know Jay Wood is a big advocate for Gabigol but I think everyone is looking at him. Chelsea looking at CB's so Zouma for me if so. Anyone have any thoughts on which CM could be an immediately effectice and feasible signing now?
Steve Shave
47 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:33:52
N'Zonzi as a loan maybe but at his age let's hope we don't buy him.
Robert Tressell
48 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:38:16
Palacios has gone to leverkusen. I like Maksimovic of Getafe. Hopefully Brands has someone decent in mind. I keep getting light headed and thinking Besic recall is a good temp fix. Might be a virus. Belotti could possibly be gettable in Jan but would cost about £50m maybe more. Immobile is too old, is set for champs league and struggled outside of Italy
Steve Ferns
49 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:43:25
Steve, Palacios has just signed for Bayer Levekusen for £22.5m. A bargain from what little I have seen of him.

Piatek has looked dreadful for Milan this season. I don't like him. He looks like an old-fashioned goal poacher, and when the goals dry up, and they have, he does not do anything. It's like having 10 men. No thanks. And certainly not as a swap for Kean, maybe for Keane though!

I haven't seen Nzonzi recently. No idea as to his form, but the fact that everyone (including his club) want him out of Turkey indicates he is not doing well, so that's hardly a good sign.

I've no idea on who might be the answer to our midfield woes, as I am unsure of who is available cheaply, and how much we can spend.

Mike Jones
50 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:52:30
Unrelated and not sure if mentioned above or elsewhere- Moyes is looking to sign fellaini! 😂
Steve Shave
51 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:53:32
Ah man, 22.5M for Palacious!!! so they have both him and Havertz in midfield, not bad. Yes agree about N'Zonzi, we need people on the up. I think we should try to be more proactive in South America for our recruitment a la Everton Soares, Gabigol etc. Maybe Jay can give us a low down on some decent value but high quality potential signings? Love a bit of transfer speculation me, that said I am determined to manage my expectations and check google less obsessively this window yeah right!
Robert Tressell
52 Posted 09/01/2020 at 19:59:20
Bruno guimaraes is a v good box to box midfielder from Brazil. Would be a good addition but lots of others in the hunt. Not sure about Gabigol. Some suggestion weve been knocked back in a bid for Verissimo a cultured ish centre half. Brazil market keeps turning out diamonds at good value. Didn't we try to get some scout who'd brought in the Brazilians at shaktar donestk?
Steve Shave
53 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:07:27
Yes Robert I seem to remember reading something about that a while ago? How much would Guimarães go for do you think? Don't know much about him, surely the likes of Boca and River have a midfield boss we can steal?
Robert Tressell
54 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:16:15
I expect he'd go for about the same price Leverkusen paid for palacios. Sosa was the argentine midfield general we identified in summer but that fell through and he's off the boil now. There's a lad called dominguez at velez sarsfield who looks best of the bunch. But he's italy bound after a season back on loan. Think he's the replacement for the excellent barella who is now at inter.
Dick Fearon
55 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:32:28
The very last thing we should do is without fully checking his character throw money at another 'future star'
that Moyes wants him is a positive sign in his favour.
Andrew Ellams
56 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:43:37
I see Moyes is in for Fellaini now too.
Steve Shave
57 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:46:59
Barella, now you are talking pal.
Steve Shave
58 Posted 09/01/2020 at 20:54:13
I also like Sander Berge, right physique but a risk due to mobility and pace, both of which we need to inject into our insipid midfield.
Steve Shave
59 Posted 09/01/2020 at 21:01:45
It's very difficult to buy straight from other PL league clubs in Jan, let alone pick their star players, I cant help but think we need to be looking to lesser leagues (this comes with risk of course) such as Belgium and Brazil, also Salzburg have done well this past couple of years, producing good talent. When you pick from these pools it's hard for them to turn down the money.
Nick Bower
60 Posted 10/01/2020 at 08:58:19
Forbes has Usmanov as #106 with $12 Billion and the owner of Red Bull Salzburg Dietrich Mateschitz as #53 with $18 Billion so I think they could very well choose to turn the money down.
Andrew Ellams
61 Posted 11/01/2020 at 21:31:50
It looks like this guy is joining Spurs.
Sam Hoare
62 Posted 11/01/2020 at 22:17:29
Steve F, tough to find the right sort of players in January. And I’m not sure how much money we have.

If I was DOF, I’d be recommending Salisu and Sangare. You could probably get the pair of them for less than £30m and you instantly get a heap more pace and athleticism through the middle of our team. Both could make an impact straight away (though there’d be some mistakes for sure).

Otherwise I’d maybe try a loan for Kessie. Guimares is a good player. Maybe Can from Juve if they need to shift players. Soucek from the Czech leagues could be a cheaper option and Marc Roca from Espanyol looks an excellent player but is probably more expensive and destined for a bigger club.

Vijay Nair
63 Posted 12/01/2020 at 00:50:18
Not to hijack this thread but I see City are stalling on offering John Stones a new contract. Existing contract runs till 2021.

Considering we are in dire need of another centre back, would you guys have him back at Everton at the right price?

Derek Thomas
64 Posted 12/01/2020 at 02:19:20
No, he's Keane with better dribbling skills. Not sure he'd come back anyway.
Andrew Ellams
65 Posted 12/01/2020 at 11:14:48
Sam I'd love to see Kessie and Sangare pair up in the middle. I suspect the Anfield debacle would have been a different story if they'd been there.
Robert Tressell
66 Posted 12/01/2020 at 15:34:56
Well, today's transfer rumours are:

Everton - tricky dribbler and goalscorer at gremio. Right footed and 23. Plays largely left wing and cuts inside. If he were left footed would provide great balance. As a right footer not so much. Would probably improve us but I worry he would stall the introduction of Gordon.

Max aarons - dynamic attacking skilful right back at norwich. Would be great. Our RB slot sorted for 10 years. Norwich surely wont sell in Jan.

Freddie woodman - goalkeeper. Saves pens. From the north east. We have one already. Probably better than Lossl. Will we ever see Lossl?

Mattias vecino - quite a good midfielder, not very dynamic. Suspect he'd look a bit lost in the cut and thrust of the prem. We need someone with a good engine and passing range. I really like a guy at Getafe called Maksimovic who is along those lines.

But taking a step back, id be happy with some stop gap loans or nothing at all if it meant we're better placed to do good businesd in summer. Carlo can eke out points with the players we have + Gbamin too hopefully. Kean and Gordon may yet start to play a part.

Personally I think it would be great to make Europa league. Gives game time to Gordon and a few others + it is a winnable competition and route to champs league.

Nick Bower
67 Posted 13/01/2020 at 08:29:03
Would welcome a bid for Martin Ødegaard. An explosive Norwegian midfielder currently on loan at Real Sociedad from Real Madrid.
Colin Glassar
68 Posted 13/01/2020 at 09:39:50
All Quiet On The Transfer Front, I see. I think a stop-gap MF player like Nzonzi might be our only signing plus a kid like Braithwaite from Carlisle.

Now that the threat of relegation is receding Carlo might want to see what this lot can do before wielding the axe in the summer.

I still have high hopes that we can reduce the squad/wage bill in this window but I’m not holding my breath.

Sam Hoare
69 Posted 13/01/2020 at 09:41:13
Nick, Odegaard has been incredible this season. I'd be astonished if Real Madrid were to sell him. Great player.
Iain Johnston
70 Posted 13/01/2020 at 18:54:58
This rumour thread should now be titled "Spurs to 'hijack' Everton's Fernandes deal."
Robert Tressell
71 Posted 13/01/2020 at 18:59:05
Not too fussed if Spurs get him and we don't. Starting to enjoy how hard Mourinho is finding it at Spurs.
Steve Shave
72 Posted 14/01/2020 at 08:11:42
How about 3 Brazilians we are linked with for a new spine? Verissimo (though can only really see him being back up) Guimarães (now linked to Arsenal) and Everton Soares? Only really know about Everton Soares and have been following his progress, I'm aware of the rumours of him being a bit of a playboy but what a player.

Only heard about Guimarães on here the other day (I think Robert mentioned him?) looks a quality CM and I guess coming from Brazil they wouldn't cost the earth. we are after all really efficient at getting permits for South Americans. oh.

George Freeman
73 Posted 15/01/2020 at 09:08:59
Just been announced Fernandes is joining Spurs on an 18 month loan deal.
Steve Ferns
74 Posted 15/01/2020 at 12:08:08
With an option to buy, George. I think it's a good deal and one we could have been in for if we only had Gomes and Gbamin fit and playing well, and the team performing to pre-season expectations. Obviously, we need a player for now and our funds are limited by FFP, so this was not really an option for us at this time.

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