Report: Spurs bid £38.5m for defensive mid with £102m buyout clause

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were without Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko from the start against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, the club’s first choice starters this season.

The pair had both been out with respective injuries, although Sissoko made it back in time to at least feature in the crucial match.

Spurs also sold Mousa Dembele in the January transfer window, and have yet to sign a long-term replacement for the player who was a mainstay in the side since Pochettino took over five years ago.

However, CM Jornal now report that Tottenham are interested in Benfica central defensive midfielder Gedson Fernandes, so much so that they have bid £38.5m for the player.

The 20-year-old only broke through into the Benfica first team this season, but has clocked up 44 appearances, and scored three goals and set up six from defensive mid, more than Dembele used to provide going forward.

Benfica have apparently rejected the offer, as the player has a reported £102m buyout clause in his contract (A BOLA).

Spurs Web Opinion:

Although this Fernandes sounds like a great prospect, when it comes to replacing Dembele, I can’t look any further than Tanguy N’dombele from Lyon. It may take a lot of money for Spurs to bring him to White Hart Lane, but the defensive mid has looked the real deal this season, particularly in the Champions League match against Manchester City. Strong, fast, able to win the ball and play with it at his feet too. The perfect holding midfielder.

 

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