West Ham have reached an agreement to sign Gedson Fernandes after a breakthrough in negotiations, Football Insider can reveal.
The Premier League club have been working on a deal to land the Benfica midfielder for weeks amid multiple twists and turns.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have now secured a broad agreement with Benfica for Fernandes to join on loan this window.
The source explained that the deal will be an 18-month loan without an option to buy.
The midfielder is believed to be keen to move to play in the Premier League and his preferred destination is London for family reasons.
He could now jet over to tie up the deal within the coming days in what amounts to a major coup for West Ham.
They have faced intense competition for the signature of the Portugal international, 20, with Chelsea among those who have held talks with Benfica.
But West Ham have now won the race to bring an end to what has been a lengthy pursuit.
The east Londoners have prioritised the capture of a midfielder this month to provide competition and cover for first-choice pair Declan Rice and Mark Noble.
As reported by Football Insider, the club have also targeted Stoke City’s Joe Allen and Genk’s Sander Berge and bids have gone in for the pair.
It remains to be seen whether David Moyes and the club hierarchy will now abandon their pursuits of Allen and Berge.